Child Support for Multiple Children from Multiple Relationships
There’s perhaps no joy greater than welcoming a child to your family; however, when your children are split up over several households and relationships, things can become a little complicated and expensive. Having children without being married or having children with your spouse and then divorcing is likely to leave you having to pay child…Read More
Changes Coming to Child Support Guidelines in Maryland
Starting tomorrow, July 1, 2022, several changes to Maryland’s child support guidelines will go into effect, the most notable of which involve an increase in support and a change in the definition of voluntary impoverishment. Child support guidelines are reviewed every few years to account for factors like inflation or recessions. Although these changes were…Read More
Grey’s Anatomy Star Shows How Changing Your Job Can Lead to Child Support Problems
The topic of child support is a difficult one. If you are the one making payments to your spouse and your child, then you need to make sure that you can continue to make those payments, even if you change your job. A decreased wage or loss of income does not mean your child support…Read More
Can My Child Get More Support?
When Maryland couples with children divorce, an order for child support provides for the financial needs of the child. The state considers both parents financially responsible for the child, and the divorce court generally orders the amount of support to be paid according to Maryland’s Child Support Guidelines. Parents are required to pay child support…Read More
What Are Child Support Payments Supposed to Cover?
Whether you pay or receive child support, that monthly payment is financially important to everyone in your family. On average, according to the United States government, people pay around $5,760 per year in child support. When going through a divorce or split and determining child support, both parents should have a good understanding about how…Read More
Can the Government Take My Stimulus Check for Back Child Support?
A third round of stimulus checks went out to the American people in early March. Some have already seen the funds direct deposited into their accounts. Others have not received their payments yet, and are wondering why. Those who owe debts like child support or student loans may be worried that their stimulus payment will…Read More
Do All Child Support Awards in Maryland Stick to the Guidelines?
Every family and household has different needs. It could be due to social status and income level that prompted a certain way of life, or it could be based on the necessity of a special needs child. Whatever the reason, often courts choose not to punish children for their parents’ decisions when it comes to…Read More
Even during Shelter-in-Place, You Must Obey Court Orders Regarding Your Children
On Monday, March 30th, Governor Larry Hogan issued an official “shelter-in-place” order for the state of Maryland. Under such an order, individuals are required to stay in their homes as much as possible, avoiding person-to-person contact to help flatten the curve of the virus. The order includes exceptions, such as grocery shopping, picking up medications,…Read More
What Happens if I Don’t Pay My Child Support?
It never fails: your child support is past due and it is creating problems between you and your child’s mother or father. The phone calls, texts, emails, and unpleasant conversations about money when you pick up your child for visitation are endless. Out of the many parents who are ordered to pay child support, about…Read More
Will Maryland’s New Definition of “Extraordinary Medical Expenses” Hurt Families?
Maryland’s Child Support Guidelines generally call for the examination of the income of each of the parents. The amount of child support that each parent should pay also depends on whether the parents are sharing physical custody, among other factors. As a general rule, the family court does not consider the expenses of the parents…Read More