When a relationship does not work out, be it a marriage that is dissolving or two people that just do not want to be together anymore, it is a very trying ordeal filled with all types of emotions, hurt feelings, betrayal, anger, etc. If the couple lives together and are financially tied to each other due to sharing bills, joint accounts, etc. it can get complex. The situation, as well as peoples lives, can get very complicated if those two people share a child or children. Issues regarding financial support of children in Maryland are always some of the most difficult to deal with in any domestic law case. Both sides need to be treated fairly financially while the child’s needs and welfare are also taken into consideration. It is always in your best interest to consult with a skilled and experienced attorney who practices family law when dealing with issues regarding child support such as generating an agreement, enforcing an agreement in arrears or modifying an existing Maryland child support order. Please click here to connect with the Maryland child support lawyers @bowerslawmd. All initial consultations for family law matters are free.
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Calculating Child Support In Maryland
The state of Maryland has guidelines for determining and calculating child support amounts. In determining a parent’s potential income for child support purposes, the trial court must consider the following factors:
(1) age of parent
(2) mental and physical condition of parent
(3) assets whether owned individually or jointly
(4) educational background, special training or skills
(5) prior earnings
(6) efforts to find and retain employment
(7) the status of the job market in the area where the parent lives
(8) actual income from any source
(9) any other factor bearing on the parent’s ability to obtain funds for child support
Income verification will ultimately be needed by the parent paying the support and can be in the form of tax returns, paystubs, bank statements, etc.
Should one parent be intentionally unemployed or underemployed our Baltimore family law attorneys will do whatever is needed to get you and your child the full amount of child support you are entitled to according to Maryland child support laws. Our legal team routinely work with vocational and professional experts to determine the other parent’s true earning potential. We are also experienced at income tracing. This may be warranted if the other parent does not fully reveal any and all income sources.
Maryland Child Support Modification Laws
It is not uncommon for child support amounts to be modified. They can be both decreased as well as increased. If either parent experiences a change in lifestyle (including getting remarried), income or employability there may be a legitimate need to alter the current child support amounts. Our Bel Air, MD family law attorneys possess a wealth of experience handling modified child support cases and will do everything in their power to help you through this stressful situation.
Other Areas Of Family Law Our Baltimore Attorneys Handle
Support agreements and orders are just one aspect of family law we handle. Others are adoptions, same sex marriage issues, child custody, third party visitation, fathers rights, stepparent rights, grandparents rights, paternity testing, pet custody, property division, division of marital assets, division of marital debt, divorce and military divorce.
Contact A Maryland Family Law Lawyer
Our Elkton family law attorneys want you to know that you do not have to go through this alone. Please contact the Bel Air, MD Family Law Attorneys @bowerslawmd now to schedule a free consultation and discuss your rights regarding child support.
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