Child Support Lawyers in Maryland
Effective Representation for Annapolis 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 in Maryland to represent you.
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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.
What Does Child Support Pay For?
Typically, child support is awarded to the custodial parent so that both parents can financially support the child.
The non-custodial parent pays regular child support to the parent who has custody of the child in order to offset the child's provision costs. Examples include:
- Medical costs
Maryland determines the payment amount by using very specific guidelines based on the child's financial needs, medical needs, standard of living, and income of both parents. We will do everything we can to ensure that all sources of income are accounted for and that financial support is accurate and fair. Don't let the legal complexities threaten the financial security of your child.
How Long Are You Obligated to Pay Child Support in Maryland?
Until a child reaches the age of 18, Maryland law requires child support to continue. If a child is still in high school, the age can be extended to 19 years. When child support is past-due, the agency will continue to enforce payment until the arrears are paid in full, regardless of the child's age.
How Do You Request an Increase/Decrease in Child Support?
If circumstances have changed since the order was issued, or if it has been three years since it was issued or last modified, you are entitled to request a review. In addition to significant changes in income and work-related day care costs, changes in health care costs, and changes in custody, changes in the child's financial needs may be grounds for a modification.
Child Support Disputes in Maryland
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 child support lawyers in Maryland have the experience and knowledge to settle your case outside of court, or, if necessary, try your family law case in a courtroom.