Experienced Rockville Child Support Attorney on Your Side
Fighting to make sure parents put the needs of their children first
Children have a right to have both parents contribute to their physical and emotional well-being, even if the parents are not married. This right includes the obligations of each parent to use part of their income for their children. Child support includes more than the money for providing the child with a home, food, and shelter. Parents need to pay for everything the child needs including education costs, medical bills, and child care. If the parents live comfortably, then they have a duty to use some of their good fortune so the child can live comfortably too.
At McCabe Russell, PA, our Rockville child support lawyers are respected for our skill and tenacity in getting parents to pay the maximum amount of financial support the law allows. We work to have children named on a parent’s health insurance policy and to be named beneficiaries on life insurance policies. We also negotiate additional support items, such as the cost of a college education after a child graduates from high school, and assist clients when their orders need to be enforced.
How does Montgomery County determine the amount of child support?
Child support obligations differ depending on whether the parents have shared custody or if one parent has sole physical custody. The general priorities in child support agreements and awards are:
- The amount of income each parent earns. Income includes salaries, freelance income, business income, retirement benefits, disability benefits, and other types of earnings. We review your co-parent’s financial records and assets in complete detail to accurately account for all income.
- The number of children. Each minor child is entitled to support. This includes children from prior marriages or relationships.
- Court guidelines. Montgomery County uses prepared guidelines that review the income of each parent and the number of children who need support. The guidelines then dictate how much support one parent will pay to the other. Payments are often processed through the Montgomery County support system and then paid to the sole physical custodian.
- The number of overnight stays with each parent. If the parents share custody, then the courts require that the percentage of time a child spends with each parent be assessed. An adjustment from the base amount of support is then made to reflect the percentage.
- Additional adjustments. Montgomery County courts also review existing child support payments for other children from prior relationships, whether alimony is being paid, and any other financial benefits the child is receiving. If the combined income of the parents is more than $15,000 each month, then additional child support considerations are made to benefit the child.
How can child support orders be modified?
Once a child support order is made, it can only be changed if there is a major change in circumstance. Examples of significant changes includes:
- The parent paying for support loses his/her job.
- The parent paying for support gets a better-paying job or is earning more income.
- A child’s health changes.
- The physical custody arrangement changes.
The duty to pay child support usually ends when the child reaches the age of majority, which is age 18 or until they graduate from high school or turns 19 whichever happens first. There are exceptions as in cases where a child is mentally or physically disabled and is unable to provide for themselves. Also, if the child joins the military before they graduate from high school, you may no longer be legally obligated to support them financially.
Parents who fail to pay child support can be ordered into court to explain the failure. If no legitimate reason is presented, our lawyers may request that the payor’s wages be garnished or that the parent be placed in jail until the support arrearages are paid.
Types of Cases We Handle
Our Rockville attorneys handle a variety of cases, including:
|Divorce||Asset Division||Alimony||Child Custody|
|Child Support||Same-Sex Divorce||Same-Sex Child Custody/Support|
Let our family help you protect yours
The duty to pay child support only begins when there is a court order or an agreement. Get the help you need from your spouse or former partner by contacting McCabe Russell, PA. We can quickly advise how much support you should be entitled to once we know how much income each parent makes. To discuss your case, please call 443.917.3347 or complete our contact form.
199 E Montgomery Ave
Rockville, Maryland 20850
Phone: (443) 812-1435