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Child Support

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Child Support Attorney in Maryland Since 1990, Maryland has used a very particular child support calculator to determine the amount to be paid. The guideline is designed to estimate the percentage of income that parents would spend on children if the parents were living in the same household. The formula begins with each parent’s actual monthly income. If a parent is not working and has no other form of income, the court can still assign income if it finds that the parent has the ability to work. Additionally, each parent’s actual or assigned income can sometimes be reduced by the parent’s other child...

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1) Where should I file my complaint for child support? In the State of Maryland, you should file your complaint for child support in the county that is the domicile of the child. A child’s domicile is the place where the child has his or her true, fixed and permanent home. In Maryland, the equity court has continuing jurisdiction over the support of the child. It is not required for the parties to be married for the court to grant child support payments. Furthermore, support can be sought not only by the birth parent, if he or she has legal custody, but...

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When the Courts and judges issue order they expect them to be followed. Failure to pay child support can have serious consequences.   Maryland Department of Human Resources helps custodial parents with collecting child support payments from non-custodial parents. Failure to pay child support can lead to suspension of driver's license and/or professional license (license to practice law or real estate license); denial of tax refunds and other types of government benefits; garnishment of wages, property and bank account liens, etc. The parties however can work among themselves to work out how and when the payment can be made. If you are behind of paying your child support...

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Child Support in the State of Maryland

Maryland Family Law Attorney Helps With All Legal Aspects of Child Support Child support in Maryland is designed to ensure that every child in the state receives adequate financial support, whether the parents are legally separated, divorced, or if they never married in the first place. Support generally takes the form of payments from the noncustodial parent to the custodial parent. The custodial parent is defined as the parent who provides the majority of the care to the child, and this means that the parent who has been awarded a greater share of custody in divorce proceedings, will generally be the...

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Grandparent & 3rd Party Custody & Access

Maryland Family Law Lawyer Helps With Grandparent & 3rd Party Custody & Access The relationship between grandparents and grandchildren is very special. In fact, some countries even celebrate such a relationship with National Grandparents Day. It is not uncommon in this country for children, who have a great relationship with their grandparents, to be raised by them who would like legal custody of their grandchildren. In the event of a divorce, grandparents often pursue visitation rights to see their grandchildren regularly. Unfortunately, if biological parents prohibit third parties, such as grandparents, from visiting the children, they can have a very difficult...

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Obtaining and Enforcing Child Support Across State Lines

Divorce can be a very stressful and difficult time in one’s life, especially if the partners have children. Child support is an important matter and could be very tricky so it’s best to talk with a professional Family Law attorney who can guide you through the process. One tricky circumstance is if the parent paying the child support moves to a different state. In 1997, the court passed the Maryland State Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA) which enables states to work together in resolving child support issues. Your local child support office can assist you in enforcing an existing order...

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Domestic Violence and Child Custody

Thousands of domestic violence cases are reported each year in the state of Maryland, but there are also many that are not, often involving children. Domestic violence and divorce cases when children are involved make for much more complications than regular divorce cases. Make sure to contact an experienced attorney who can help with your case specifically. Maryland law defines domestic violence as abuse against another parent, spouse or a child in the parent's household with acts such as causing serious bodily harm, threatening to cause serious bodily harm, assault, sexual crimes, false imprisonment or stalking. If you or your child...

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Child Support: Above Guidelines Case

When dealing with child support, the state of Maryland adopted a guideline measured by the income of the parties involved. The new Maryland law tops off at a combined adjusted annual income of $180,000 per annum or $15,000 per month. Keep in mind, child support will increase depending on the number of children involved. However, just with the old guidelines, the court will have discretion in setting the support level for the parties and individuals. The guideline defines “actual income” to include: salaries; wages; commissions; bonuses; dividend income; pension income; interest income; trust income; annuity income; Social Security benefits; workers’ compensation benefits; unemployment insurance benefits; disability insurance benefits; any third party payment paid to or...

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Child Support – Deviation from Guidelines

According to federal law, every state must use a standardized approach to establish child support order amounts and guidelines. Maryland has adopted an “income-shares” model child support guidelines which is calculated based on parents’ income rather than the children’s expenses. The child support is then apportioned between the parents but keep in mind the court may deviate from the guidelines amount if it would be unjust or inappropriate. There are other factors such as health insurance, medical expenses, private school, alimony, etc that are considered when determining the amount. An issue sometimes arises when a parent (or both parents)...

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Children of Divorced Same-Sex Parents

Since same-sex marriage is legal in the state of Maryland, it is important to understand the nuances and issues that could arise from divorce of same-sex marriage, including that of children. A child born or conceived during a marriage is presumed to be the legitimate child of both spouses, not just the spouse who gave birth to the child. In the past when a same sex couple adopted a child in the state of Maryland, only one of them actually adopted the child from the agency, country or service because two people without a legal tie to one another are...

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