In the state of Maryland, the child has the right to receive support from both parents, regardless of being married, divorced, or separated. Parents are free to come up with a mutually agreed on child support, but in cases where the parents are unable to come to an agreement regarding child support, a hearing is held in a court and a child support agreement is ordered upon. Usually, the noncustodial parent is obligated to pay child support and the custodial parent receives the payment to provide for the child’s health and welfare.
The court issues the child support payment based on each parent’s income gross and if one of the parents is jobless, child support can be decided by the parent’s potential of earning income.
Child support issued by the court of Maryland includes the following expenses:
- The child’s health insurance coverage.
- The child’s care expenses.
- Travel expense of the child.
- The child’s education fees.
- The child’s medical costs.
The parent is obligated, by the court of the state of Maryland, to continue to provide child support payments until the child turns 18 years of age or 19 years old of age, only if the child is a full-time high school student, the child is residing under the same roof as the custodial parent who is receiving the child support payments, and that the child is dependent on his or her parents.
However, the parent and the child can have their own agreement regarding the child support payments and the parent may still pay child support even after the child passes the age of 18 years old. In cases where the child has been mentally or physically disabled before the age of 18 or the child is unable to live independently and is financially unstable, the parent is required to provide child support payments even after the child passes the age of 18 and through his or her adult life.
In Maryland, child support services are handled by the Child Support Enforcement Administration. Any blood-related members in the family of the child is qualified to file for child support.
The Child Support Enforcement Administration is a helpful resource for the following:
- Legally establishing paternity
- Locating the other parent
- Obtaining a court order for child support and health insurance
- Receiving child support payments
- Compelling the court order
- Reviewing and adjusting the court ordered support amount
A relative or a parent should fill an application for support enforcement services and file it with a local child support office in Maryland.
Typically, a child support order can be established during the time span of 90 to 180 days. Factors such as if the parent is in another state, is incarcerated or does not appear for the court hearing, affect the time of when child support can be established and hence the establishment will be delayed. However, the child support can be established more quickly and easier if the parents are willing to cooperate together and with the court.
If you need a Maryland Child Support lawyer to help you with your Child Support case in Maryland, call us at 888-437-7747. Our Maryland Child Support attorneys can help you.