Child support is a legal duty in Maryland. However, you may have several questions about child support in Maryland, such as when child support is required, how child support is calculated, what is required in child support, and how to adjust child support. In this article, you will find what you need to know about child support laws in Maryland.
When Is Child Support Required in Maryland?
In Maryland, both parents are legally required to provide for the basic needs of their children. Child support is required up until the child turns 18. However, child support may be extended in Maryland up to the 19th birthday of the child, if they are a high school student.
How is Maryland Child Support Calculated?
Maryland has strict child support guidelines that are typically followed. Parents calculate the required support by inputting their individual incomes and the number of children. This will create a percentage due for each parent, who will be legally responsible for providing that due. For example, if Parent One earns $5,000 per month, and Parent Two earns $8,000, they will each be responsible for their child, however Parent One would owe less based on their lower income.
Multiple factors such as previous support agreements, child custody, and alimony agreements can cause significant changes to the payment. If you have questions about your child support, reach out to an attorney to get questions answered.
What is Required in Child Support?
Believe it or not, child support agreements may require more than just a check. If agreed upon by the courts, a support agreement can address other specific needs. For example, an agreement may require payments for daycare, transportation to specific appointments, or even school supplies or car payments. If you’re building a child support agreement, don’t be afraid to get creative!
How to Modify Child Support in Maryland
As discussed above, child support is complex and has many moving factors. You may feel you overpay on child support, or would like to request more child support. If you’re interested in adjusting your child support payments you can visit several key factors that may be relevant. Are you providing more labor or work for your child than usual? Is your ex slacking on agreed visitation? If your support situation has changed, reach out to an attorney to review your legal
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