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Quick overview of child support for Maryland parents

The payment of child support to a custodial parent or legal guardian is often ordered to ensure that the basic needs of the child are being met. Child support is often a contentious topic, as not all non-custodial parents feel they can afford to make these payments or feel that they should have to if they do not have the opportunity to see their children on a regular basis. At the end of the day, financial support is a need, but it is okay for Maryland parents to question how it all works and what things may affect support orders.

The rules regarding child support are pretty basic. The non-custodial parent will generally be ordered to pay a certain sum based on his or her current income. This amount is typically a percentage of income, based on the number of children one is required to support -- the more children, the higher the ordered support payment. States vary in terms of the percentages set.

There are several things that can affect getting a child support order. For example, if a child is born to a non-married couple, paternity will likely have to be established before a court order of support can be obtained. Another issue is the income of the non-custodial parent. This is something that can change overtime. It is possible for either parent to seek modifications of support orders based on income fluctuations.

No child in Maryland should go without the child support he or she needs. Parents, whether custodial or non-custodial, understandably have concerns about this topic, all of which can be addressed by obtaining legal assistance. With help, parents, guardians and non-custodial parents can all fight for child support orders that are not only best for the affected children, but for their current financial situations as well.

Source: FindLaw, "Child Support Basics", Accessed on Feb. 2, 2016

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