Child Support

Maryland Child Support Attorneys

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When people divorce, they must decide how their children will be cared for – physically, financially, and emotionally. If one parent is granted sole physical custody,the noncustodial parent will be expected to pay child support. This payment will help provide for the child’s food, housing, education, and medical care. Child support ensures that the noncustodial parent continues to financially contribute to the child’s upbringing.

How Child Support Is Determined in Maryland

The state uses a specific formula to calculate the amount of child support the noncustodial parent must pay each month. Primarily, a judge will look at the income of both parents, how many children are being cared for, and how much time the child spends with each parent. Additionally, the judge will look at the following factors:

  • Alimony paid to the custodial parent
  • Health insurance costs
  • Daycare costs
  • Alimony or child support paid by the custodial parent from a prior marriage

Appealing Child Support

Not everyone’s circumstances remain static after a divorce. If a noncustodial parent loses a job, he or she may no longer be able to afford the same amount of child support. If this is the case, a family law attorney can help you file an appeal to help lower the child support payments until you get back on your feet. On the other hand, if the custodial parent finds a better job that pays significantly more, the noncustodial parent can appeal to have his or her payments lowered in response.

Trust Us to Negotiate for You

While only a judge can determine the exact amount you’ll owe as a noncustodial parent, a lawyer can help you organize your case. A Maryland family law attorney from our office can help you prepare the documents you’ll need to present to the judge. We can also guide you on how to argue for an increase or decrease in child support if needed.

Contact us at (301) 804-2312 or fill out our online form to request a free consultation. We represent residents in the following counties: Charles, St. Mary’s, Calvert, Prince George’s, and Anne Arundel.

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