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Child support basics in Maryland

Maryland parents who are contemplating divorce may be interested in how child support works in their state. Child support is, in part, monetary payments made to the custodial parent by the non-custodial parent. Financial documents filed with the court are used to determine the child support amount. The documents are legal and binding, and if either parent provides false information it is considered perjury.

When a couple divorces or stops living together, one parent usually is granted physical custody. If parents are unable to work out a satisfactory support agreement between them, the court will. Based on the income of both parents and the number of children, among other factors, the court will arrive at an adequate amount of support so the child's needs such as clothing, food and shelter are satisfied. The support order will presuppose that the support will arrive on a timely basis and in the amount designated by the court.

If the child visits the parent without physical custody, travel expenses may be paid by that parent. The non-custodial parent might be expected to include the child under its health insurance as well as paying half of non-covered services. Usually, the support agreement ends when the child turns 18.

There are times when the non-custodial parent is unable to pay the amount of child support initially ordered due to changes in employment status or illness. In such cases, the parent may appeal to the court that ordered child support to reduce the amount. >An attorney with experience in family law matters may help such a client in pursuing a modification of the order to reflect the change in financial circumstances.

Source: The People's Law Library of Maryland , "Legal Overview of Child Support", August 28, 2014

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