Category: Child Support

Child Support in Maryland: Frequently Asked Questions

on Nov 19, 2017 in Child Support

How is child support in Maryland calculated? Maryland has child support guidelines.  These guidelines include a basic mathematical formula used for determining child support in Maryland.  The calculation is based on each parent’s gross income. Are there exceptions to the standard calculation? Yes.  If the combined income of both parents is more than $15,000 per month, the courts make child support determinations based on the needs of the children. Additionally, parties have the opportunity to establish the guidelines are inappropriate or unjust in a particular case.   However, these situations are rare. Are there other forms of child support in Maryland, besides a mathematical formula for income? Yes.  Child support may also include providing health insurance and dental insurance, or...

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Stressed about Going to Court? 5 Strategies to Reduce Stress Ahead of Time

on Nov 13, 2017 in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce

Most lay people find going to court a stressful situation.  Because it is often unfamiliar, court seems scary – and it can be.  If you have hidden assets, mislead your attorney, or provided false information during previous proceedings, you should immediately tell your family law attorney.  We cannot stress this enough.  These things have a way of coming out in court.  Optimally, none of these situations describe you.  However, if they do, or if you have a sneaking suspicion something else you have – or haven’t done – could result in disaster on the stand, the time to come clean is now.  Your attorney is your advocate.  Many times, your attorney has the ability to rectify the situation.  But...

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How to Find a Family Law Attorney

on Oct 29, 2017 in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce

Steps to Find a Family Law Attorney Looking to find a family law attorney?  Facing divorce, the stress of trying to find a family law attorney can be a challenge during an already difficult time.  Nonetheless, you work with your family law attorney making life-altering decisions.  Finding the right fit is critical.  You face a number of decisions regarding shared property, perhaps children, the potential for alimony, etc.  You need an attorney you can trust.  Regardless of who you hire, your attorney provides insights and advice based on their prior experience handling divorces.  Following a few simple guidelines make the process easier. Start By Asking for Referrals If you have a friend or family member who has divorced, ask...

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11 Situations Where a Family Law Attorney Can Help

on Oct 8, 2017 in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce

There are many reasons someone might need a family law attorney.  Family law attorneys work to both establish rights, where appropriate, and protect the interests of families.  Below are some of the most common reasons people need family law attorneys. 1.    Adopting a Step Child Not every blended family adopts.  However, there are some times when adoption makes sense.  This includes situations where a biological parent has died, is incarcerated for an extended period, or is otherwise unavailable or uninvolved in a child’s life.  In those circumstances, adoption may be the right answer for a particular family.  Of course, courts have certain requirements before an adoption occurs.  Family law attorneys assist in making certain all of the necessary requirements...

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Child Support: Frequently Asked Questions

on Sep 7, 2017 in Child Support

How do I get child support? In an ideal world, parent, extended family, and family friends all support children as they grow and develop.  In the context of family law, “child support” refers only to financial and medical support of children.  For divorcing couples, courts address child support in the divorce decree.  Parents never married also may receive financial support from the non-custodial parent.  Finally, others raising a child, such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, and court appointed guardians may also be eligible to receive financial support from a parent. To collect child support, one must establish paternity and obtain a court order, detailing the terms and conditions of the support, including health insurance, in a given case. What does...

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Child Support Fundamentals in the State of Maryland

on Aug 24, 2017 in Child Support, Divorce

Married or not, both parents are obligated to support their children in the state of Maryland.  Understanding your child support obligations and rights requires basic, fundamental information.  This is true if you are going through a divorce or were never married. Maryland uses the “Income Shares Model.”  In the Income Shares Model, courts calculate child support, in part, by estimating the amount of time parents spend on children if the family was intact. Courts then divide this amount based on the income of the parents.  The formula used is very complicated.  Consequently, it is best to rely on the knowledge and experience of your family law attorney.  Each case is unique, but we will attempt to explain the fundamentals...

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