Legal Guidance from Experienced Child Support Lawyers in Maryland
Effective Representation for Child Support Hearings
Under Maryland law, all parents are required to contribute to the care and well-being of their children, whether they are separated, divorced, or never married. Generally, child support is paid to the custodial parent by the noncustodial parent. If you need a child support attorney in Annapolis, call Rice Law for an experienced and hard working child support attorney to represent you.
If you have questions about child support law, call (410) 709-8971 to discuss your situation with our attorney.
Maryland Child Support Law
Generally, Maryland calculates child support based upon the Maryland Child Support Guidelines, which is a formula to determine the appropriate amount of child support that should be paid.
Maryland Child Support Guidelines include the following when determining child support:
- The income of both parents
- Number of minor children
- Any other child support being paid to a child from a previous relationship
- Any alimony being paid or received
- Health insurance costs for the minor children
- Extraordinary medical expenses for the children
- Work-related child care expenses
- Educational expenses for the children
- Travel expenses
Child support generally continues until minor children reach the age of 18. If a child turns 18 prior to high school graduation, child support payments continue until the child graduates. It is also possible for a parent to request a modification to the child support order.
Child Support Disputes
Child support payments and other financial matters relating to children may be agreed upon by both parents and included in a separation agreement or divorce decree so long as the agreed upon child support is approved by the court. When there is a dispute regarding child support, and other financial matters relating to the children, such as the cost of uninsured medical expenses, private school, or extracurricular activities, it may be necessary to go to trial and have a judge decide the issues. Our Annapolis child support lawyers have the experience and knowledge to settle your case outside of court, or, if necessary, try your case in a courtroom.
Please contact our law firm at (410) 709-8971 to learn how we can help you with child support in Annapolis, MD.