Columbia Child Support Lawyers
Solving Child Support Disputes Throughout Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery, and The Surrounding Counties
At Family Legal Advocacy Group, our Columbia child support lawyers are dedicated to providing comprehensive legal services in family law cases and helping clients obtain a favorable outcome in Maryland. Our experienced team will help you understand your options, navigate the legal system, and protect your rights as a parent throughout the entire process. We are committed to advocating for the best interests of both parents and children alike and working diligently to ensure that all parties involved receive fair treatment under current Maryland laws. Contact us today to learn how we can help you with your Maryland child support case!
Call Family Legal Advocacy Group today at (410) 884-0400 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with one of our child support attorneys in Columbia!
How is Child Support Determined in Maryland?
Maryland has enacted Child Support Guidelines to determine the amount of support that must be paid by each parent within certain income levels. The Guidelines also account for the determination of child support at higher income levels that are above the Guidelines.
The court bases a child support award primarily on:
- the parent’s income
- the number of children subject to the support order
- the amount of time a child will spend with each parent
The Guidelines also take the following into consideration:
- work-related childcare expenses
- health insurance expenses
- extraordinary medical expenses
- other expenses incurred in caring for the child
The court cannot deviate from the Guidelines but must explain the basis for this deviation on the record. The court may also award use and possession of the family home and use of the personal property to the custodial parent for up to three years from the final decree to promote stability for the children. Child support continues until a child reaches the age of eighteen, unless they are still in high school, in which case it can be extended to age nineteen.
Contact Our Columbia Child Support Attorneys Today
Our attorneys do more than plug numbers into a program. They fully discuss with their client all expenses and anticipated expenses to determine a true number representing payment for all of the child’s needs; this is especially important for the custodial parent as expenses normally exceed support payments.
Additionally, for families with a combined income above the Guidelines or a complex income situation, such as a self-employed parent, a qualified child support attorney is essential in determining the accurate income and expense information for the appropriate amount of child support.
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