Howard County, MD, Child Support Lawyers
Divorce is never easy but when children are involved, the split can be even more emotional. As a parent, you have the duty to support your children even if you are no longer married to, or in a relationship with, the child’s other parent. Even if you were never married to your child’s other parent, you still have obligations and rights with respect to child support. When it comes to calculating and understanding your legal rights and obligations, it is imperative that you speak with a qualified and experienced Family Law attorney. If you need an experienced Family Law attorney in the Howard County area or elsewhere in Maryland, Fred L. Coover, Esquire of the Coover Law Firm, LLC in Columbia can help you.
Maryland Child Support Law
The Maryland Child Support Guidelines are a helpful tool in understanding your rights and obligations. These guidelines are the formula that Maryland employs to determine how much the custodial parent (the one who has the physical custody of the children) should receive and how much the non-custodial parent (the parent without physical custody) should have to pay. Parents might also have shared physical custody (parents have children overnight for more than 35% of the year). The Guideline amounts will change depending on the parents’ income and the number of children to be supported.
Factors in Determining Maryland Child Support
Courts will look at both parents’ financial situations and determine the amount of child support payable. The Guidelines consider several factors in determining the amount:
- Determine the parents’ actual income before taxes
- Actual income includes wages, salaries, Social Security benefits, workers’ compensation benefits, bonuses, dividends, commissions, disability benefits, interest income, and trust income.
- Determine the adjusted monthly income
- Adjusted monthly income is actual income less support obligations actually paid and alimony obligations already paid.
- Work related child care expenses
- This includes daycare
- Health insurance expenses
- Extraordinary medical expenses
- Any uninsured medical expense over $100, including dental treatments, orthodontic work, physical therapy, and mental health counseling.
These are just some of the considerations that go into calculating the amount of child support payable under Maryland law. If you are seeking or challenging a deviation from the Maryland Child Support Guidelines, make sure you are represented by an experienced Maryland Family Law lawyer.
Experienced Family Law Attorney Ready to Answer Your Child Support Questions
Questions regarding your specific situation should be directed to an experienced Family Law attorney like Fred L. Coover, Esquire. With over 30 years experience, Fred L. Coover, Esquire of Coover Law Firm, LLC can help answer all of your questions relating to Maryland child support payments and obligations. If you have child support questions or concerns, contact the Coover Law Firm, LLC in Columbia, Maryland at 410-995-1100.