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Q and A about receiving child support in Maryland

For parents in Maryland who are seeking child support orders, it is normal to have question about how everything works. There is a lot of information out there that can be quite confusing and makes the whole thing seem rather intimidating. This column will try to address some common question parents looking to receive child support may have.

One of the first questions some parents might have is: How long does a child support case take to process? This, unfortunately, varies per case. A notice of a child support hearing must be served, and it can take some time to find the non-custodial parent -- especially if he or she has moved out of state or relocated within the state. The longer it takes to find the non-custodial parent, the longer it takes to finalize a support order. If a non-custodial parent is easily located, though, a typical case may take 90 to 180 days.

Another common question is: How is the child support amount determined? Maryland, like all other states, uses a calculation that is based on income and the number of children needing support. This provides a base support amount. A higher support amount may be ordered based on other factors, including medical expenses, day care costs, health insurance and any other extraordinary expenses.

That last question that will be addressed is: How are support payments made? The non-custodial parent is usually ordered to make payments to the Child Support Enforcement Administration (CSEA). Payments are then transferred to the custodial parent either in the form of an Electronic Payment Issuance Card or by direct deposit into his or her checking account.

Obviously, this just touches on a few of many questions custodial parents in Maryland may have regarding receiving child support orders and payments. It is possible to seek further information by contacting an experienced family law attorney. By doing so, one will be able to get information and advice that specifically addresses the concerns and details of his or her case.

Source: dhr.maryland.gov, "Receiving Support FAQs", Accessed on Sept. 14, 2016

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