Issues involving money are almost always cause for arguments and stress during a divorce. However, when it comes to child support, it is important for all parties to remember that this support is the right of the child, not the parents. Receiving adequate child support is crucial to a child's well-being. An experienced attorney can help you understand your rights and obligations under the Maryland child support guidelines.
Our family law lawyers at Ward Pratz & Associates, P.A., know that a divorce can often cause a reduction in income for at least one party. We will work to make sure that child support payments are sufficient to meet the child's needs without causing undue hardship to either parent. We also represent clients who are dealing with child support issues outside of a divorce, when he or she has never been married to the other parent of the child or children in question.
Please email us to schedule a free consultation with a Glen Burnie child support attorney.
We Are Your Advocates During The Child Support Process
Maryland has a statutory formula to determine child support. These guidelines were modified in 2010, so it is important to understand the new guidelines before you begin the child support process. Our attorneys are fluent in the language of these laws and can sit down with you to explain them.
Child support determinations are based on factors that include:
- Each parent's income
- The number of children
- The cost of health care and child care
- Any extraordinary medical expenses
- Alimony being paid or received by each parent
In cases involving high-income or low-income parties, exceptions to the guidelines may be granted. Each case is unique, however. It is best to discuss your case with an attorney to learn how the guidelines may affect you. If there are circumstances that may require higher or lower payments, we will need to provide evidence to the court to support your position.
Our lawyers can also assist you with modifications to child support as well as enforcement and contempt for nonpayment. If you have been falsely accused of not paying court-ordered child support, we can help you resolve the problem.
Making Sure Your Child Receives Sufficient Support
Protect your child's future and your rights in any child support case. To schedule a free consultation with an Anne Arundel County child support attorney, please call our firm at 410-999-1534 or 800-265-9810.