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Child support and the out-of-state noncustodial parent

People move away from Maryland all of the time. What happens, though, when those people are responsible for paying child support? How can a support order granted in Maryland be enforced in another state?

This actually concerns numerous custodial parents. Moving out-of-state is done for a variety of reasons, such as marriage, job or just the need for change. There are also those who move in the attempt to avoid paying their support orders. Thankfully, due to federal mandates, it is getting easier for custodial parents to pursue enforcement options, even when the non-custodial parent no longer lives in the same jurisdiction.

Maryland residents can work with support agencies in the jurisdictions in which the non-custodial parents now reside. The enforcement options available are similar between states. Commonly utilized enforcement tools include garnishing wages, withholding tax returns and credit reporting. Criminal charges may also be filed, as purposely failing to pay child support is a federal crime.

So, where can custodial parents in Maryland turn for help when child support orders need to be enforced? Legal assistance is available to help these individuals work with support agencies both in and out-of-state. While dealing with interstate support issues may take longer than those settled in-state, it is time and effort that is not likely to be considered as wasted. Non-custodial parents should be held accountable to maintain their support obligations. If there happens to be financial concerns for not remaining current, non-custodial parents may seek to obtain modifications in order to make payments reasonable for their current situations.

Source:, "Child Support Handbook: Working Across Borders", Accessed on Aug. 26, 2015

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