“Divorce isn’t such a tragedy. A tragedy’s staying in an unhappy marriage, teaching your children the wrong things about love. Nobody ever died of divorce.”
— Jennifer Weiner
If you have children together, there is nothing like calculating child support to raise tensions between two separating or divorcing parents. The attorneys at McCabe Russell, PA, in Rockville and Fulton are experienced at both accurately calculating support and representing litigants in child support matters.
Maryland judges use the Maryland Child Support Guidelines to determine child support. When you work with McCabe Russell lawyers, we will help you collect the information you need so that we can calculate child support for you, show you the guidelines so you are familiar with how they work, and help you understand what you are entitled to under the law. We will help you make sure that child support is established in accordance with the law and using accurate income information so that the final result is fair.
Under the applicable law, judges calculate the amount of monthly child support considering:
- Both parents’ income (including salaries and second jobs).
- Child support paid for other children or alimony paid to a previous spouse
- The cost of the children’s portion of health insurance.
- The cost of children’s medical expenses not covered by health insurance.
- The cost of work-related child care (which typically includes daycare, camp, and/or nanny expenses).
- The number of minor children in the family.
- The custody schedule for the children.
In certain cases, a judge can deviate from the suggested child support amount derived from the guidelines.
From time to time, you (or your co-parent) may need to seek a modification in the amount of child support. The court will only consider recalculating child support if the change in support meets a certain threshold. Our attorneys will help you figure out whether a change in your income (or a change in your co-parent’s) or custody arrangement means that you are entitled to modification of child support.
You Want A Lawyer.
Whether yours is a high-conflict case on all the issues or whether you and your co-parent have agreed on everything else, child support calculations can be tricky. While the child support guidelines may seem straight forward, the data input to calculate the final, monthly figure can be manipulated in multiple ways. In our years of experience, we know having an attorney help with the calculation means you are more confident that the figure is both correct and fair.
McCabe Russell, PA is a premier family law firm with more than twenty-five years of experience in child support matters. To reserve a consultation in our Fulton (Howard County) office or our Rockville (Montgomery County) office, please call 443.812.1435 or fill out our contact form.