Maryland Child Support Guidelines
Each state uses guidelines to determine parents' obligations under any child support arrangement. Every child in Maryland has the right to receive support from both parents, even if the parents are divorced, legally separated, or were never married in the first place. The guidelines use parents' income to determine child support obligations.
Maryland has fairly strict guidelines when calculating the appropriate amount of child support. Parents are permitted to create their own child support agreement, as long as it doesn't stray too far from the state guidelines. They may also request a court order.
Child Support Statutes in Maryland
The following table highlights the main provisions of Maryland's Child Support laws.
Who is Responsible?
How is Support Calculated?
Formula in Maryland Family Law Article §12–204
Under MD Code, Family Law, § 12-202, obligations are based upon the combined adjusted actual income of both parents. Even if a parent is unemployed, child support may be calculated based on a determination of potential income.
What is Included in a Support Order?
How Long Must a Parent Pay Child Support?
Under relevant state law, child support obligations continue until the child turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever is later. However, obligations will not continue if the child is older than 19. Obligations may end earlier than the age of 18 if the child becomes emancipated.
How Child Support in Maryland is Calculated
Local Child Support Offices
Maryland Child Support Formula
How to File For Child Support in Maryland
The Child Support Enforcement Administration handles child support services in Maryland. Any custodian, including parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, or court-appointed guardians, is eligible for services. The CSEA is a valuable resource for:
- Locating the other parent
- Legally establishing paternity
- Obtaining a court order for child support and health insurance
- Collecting child support payments
- Enforcing the court order
- Reviewing and adjusting the court-ordered support amount
Maryland Child Support Guidelines: Related Resources
Maryland's child support laws can be complicated, if you would like legal assistance with a child support matter, you can contact a Maryland family law attorney. You can also visit FindLaw's sections on Child Custody, Child Support Modifications, and Child Support Enforcement for more articles and resources on this topic.
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