All About Maryland Child Support

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Maryland child support using a formula. The Child Support Guidelines are the name of this calculation. Unless someone can establish that the standards would be unreasonable and inappropriate in a particular case, the court would generally issue child support based on the recommendations.

What Information Does The Court Need To Calculate Child Support?

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To determine the amount of child support, the rules consider several criteria. The following are the most crucial factors:

1.Each parent’s “actual monthly income” – For most people, “actual monthly income” refers to their pay or wages. Still, it can also refer to bonuses, Social Security benefits, workers’ compensation benefits, alimony, and other sources of income. Temporary cash assistance, food brands, Supplemental Security Income, and other means-tested public assistance benefits are not included in actual income.

2.Each parent’s “adjusted actual income” – Adjusted actual income is the real income minus any pre-existing child support and alimony that the parent pays for another child.

3.Fees of daycare or before and aftercare while a parent is at work – This can include costs for daycare or before and aftercare while a parent is at work.

4.Costs of health insurance

5.Extraordinary medical expenses – This category covers reasonable non-covered medical expenses such as orthodontia, dental treatment, physical therapy, and psychiatric counseling.

What Is The Difference Between “Imputed Income” And “Voluntary Poverty”?

If one parent can work but chooses not to, the court can consider that parent to have income. This process is known as “imputing” income. To impute income, the court must decide that the parent is “voluntarily destitute,” meaning they can work but choose not to. The other parent’s physical health, level of education, employment history, ability to earn money, and efforts to obtain work may all be used to prove that the other parent is intentionally destitute.

What Formula Does The Court Use To Determine Child Support?

The Child Support Guidelines attempt to predict what percentage of income parents would spend on their children if they lived together. The following steps are used to compute child support under the Guidelines:

1. Calculate each parent’s actual earnings.

2.Calculate the adjusted real or imputed income for each parent.

3.Add in some extra costs, such as health insurance premiums, childcare charges, and unexpected medical expenses. As a result, the “total child support obligation” is created.

Is It Possible For Child Support To Be Less Than The Guidelines Amount?

It’s challenging to persuade a judge to set child support at a lower level than the Guidelines. It would help if you established why the Guidelines amount is unjust or unfair to you and why lowering the amount would be in your children’s best interests to seek the court to order a lesser amount.

Is It Possible To Pay More Than The Guidelines For Child Support?

The court does not have to adopt the Guidelines calculation if the combined income of both parents is more than $15,000 per month. Instead, the court can determine the amount of child support owed depending on the children’s needs.


Maryland child support is paid by the parent who does not have primary physical custody of the children (the non-custodial parent). This can vary based on each parent’s income. It can also change if the children’s parents share physical custody. “Shared physical custody” means that each parent has overnight care of the children for more than 35% of the year (127 overnights).

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