Maryland Child Support Law
Every parent has a legal duty to support their children. Child support in Maryland is usually calculated using a formula found in the state’s Child Support Guidelines. This formula is based on each parent’s income, in addition to other factors. Unless a party can show that the amount calculated by this formula is unjust, the court will not usually deviate from the guidelines.
Modification of Child Support in Maryland
After a child support order has gone into effect, parents can request a modification of child support based on one or more material changes in circumstances.
A material change in circumstances is one that arose after a child support order was entered. A modification cannot be granted based on arguments that were already heard and addressed by the court.
Courts often regard the following situations as meeting the “material change in circumstances” standard:
- A parent’s income has increased or decreased by at least 25%
- A child has become disabled or seriously ill
- A parent has been sentenced to at least 18 consecutive months of incarceration
- A parent receives a significant inheritance
Non-Payment of Child Support
Access to one’s child does not depend on payment of child support. Although it can be frustrating and disruptive when a child’s other parent fails to make their child support payments, it is not legal to withhold access to the child due to non-payment. If you have not received a payment, contact your attorney or Office of Child Support Enforcement Administration to initiate proper enforcement actions.
Protect Your Rights
If you have questions or concerns about the amount of child support you are paying or receiving, consult with an experienced Maryland attorney who can protect your rights and advocate for your children’s best interests.
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Over the years, Ms. Zlatkus has helped clients successfully navigate child support issues. To learn more about how Z Family Law can provide effective legal guidance, contact us today.