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Maryland Child Support

Similar to determining Maryland child support, the Maryland divorce court may require all parties to take an educational seminar on child custody, child visitation and child support before making a child support order or granting divorce. When making a Maryland child support order, Maryland divorce courts have specific charts and guidelines provided in the state's statutes. Child support can be adjusted if the divorce court finds that the circumstances surrounding the divorce warrant an adjustment. The Maryland divorce court may adjust the child support order under the following circumstances:

  • The terms of any marital settlement agreement between parents, including any provision for payments of marital debts, mortgage, college child support, the right to occupy the family home and other financial terms, and
  • The presence in the household of either parent of other children that the parent supports. The family home may be awarded to the parent who has custody of a child to enable the child to continue to live in the environment and community that is familiar to him or her

When deciding Maryland child support, the divorce courts use the percentage of income formula that determines the amount of child support as a percentage of the income of the parent obligated to pay the child support. It is possible to modify child support if there is a material change in circumstances.

Speak to a local Maryland divorce lawyer about your child support questions. A Maryland divorce lawyer can talk to you about the circumstances of your case and how each may affect the amount of child support you pay or receive. Call 877-349-1310 or fill a Maryland divorce case review to connect to a Maryland divorce lawyer near you. If your child support case doesn't involve a divorce, you can still connect with a Maryland lawyer who concentrates in family law.

The above synopsis of Maryland divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Maryland divorce lawyer in your area.

Maryland divorce laws were last updated April 2009.

Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.