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CHILD SUPPORT IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND

FAMILY LAWYER IN 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...

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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR EX-SPOUSE WON’T PAY CHILD SUPPORT

FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY IN MARYLAND WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR EX-SPOUSE WON’T PAY CHILD SUPPORT It can feel like the battle is over once the court rules in your favor regarding child support. Unfortunately, the enforcement of child support can be challenging. What is a parent to do if an ex-spouse fails or refuses to pay the child support they have been ordered to give? If you find yourself in this situation, contact a Maryland child support attorney immediately. Child Support Enforcement Administration The state of Maryland has a specific agency for the enforcement of court-ordered child support. You can contact the Maryland Child...

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MARYLAND CHILD SUPPORT GUIDELINES

MARYLAND CHILD SUPPORT ATTORNEY 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; ...

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CHILD SUPPORT, ENFORCEMENT, CUSTODY, CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT

FAMILY LAW LAWYER MARYLAND HOW IS CHILD SUPPORT DETERMINED Child support is a court-ordered payment requiring the noncustodial parent to pay child support to the custodial parent. Typically for ordinary expenses of food, shelter, clothing, education and medication needs for the children only. In 1990, Maryland passed a law requiring the courts to use child support guidelines in all child support cases. The guidelines provide a formula to calculate your child support obligation. The Maryland’s Child Support Calculator incorporates the following: Each parent’s actual monthly income. If a parent is not working and has no other form of income, the court can still assign...

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CHILD SUPPORT CALCULATIONS

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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MARYLAND CHILD SUPPORT FAQ’S

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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JUDGMENT ENFORCEMENT

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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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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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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