Child Support Lawyers in Columbia, Maryland
Helping Families in Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery and Surrounding Counties
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 has the discretion to 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 personal property to the custodial parent for a period of 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.
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Our attorneys do more than just plug in numbers into a program. They fully discuss with their client all expenses and anticipated expenses to determine a true number that will represent 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 who have a combined income above the Guidelines or a complex income situation, such as a parent who is self-employed, a qualified child support attorney is essential in determining the accurate income and expense information to use in determining the appropriate amount of child support.
You have fought hard for custody; our attorneys will help you achieve a fair support payment to ensure that each parent is assessed an amount that will meet their child’s needs.
Call our office (410) 884-0400 to schedule an Initial Consultation to discuss your legal rights.
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