What Is Child Support?
Under Maryland law, both parents are legally obligated to financially support their children. Child support is the mechanism by which this legal obligation is enforced. Essentially, child support is an ongoing monthly payment made by one parent to the other parent for the benefit of their child(ren).
How Is Child Support Calculated?
In Maryland, child support is usually calculated by using a mathematical formula called the Maryland Child Support Guidelines. This formula takes into account several factors in determining what the appropriate child support figure is, such as:
- The monthly gross income of each parent
- The number of overnights the child spends with each parent
- Certain expenses paid for by each parent for the child
The attorneys at the Law Office of Christina Bayne P.A. will help you calculate the child support obligation and assist you in understanding what expenses are covered for the children by child support.
Deviations From The Child Support Guidelines
Under most circumstances, Maryland Courts strictly enforce the Guidelines. However, based on your specific circumstances, you may have an argument that child support should be either lower or higher than what is called for by the Guidelines. If you believe that the child support figure produced by the Guidelines is unjust or inappropriate, it is important that you hire an attorney to assist you in seeking a deviation from the Guidelines. At the Law Office of Christina Bayne P.A., our attorneys are experienced in presenting various arguments for deviation from the Maryland Child Support Guidelines.
Modification Of Child Support
Child support is modifiable by either parent upon a showing of a “material change in circumstances.” Therefore, if you believe that your child support order is no longer appropriate, you should contact an attorney about seeking modification. Our attorneys can advise you whether it is appropriate and in your best interests to file for modification of child support based on your unique circumstances.