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Child support Q and A

When it comes to obtaining, modifying or enforcing a child support order, it is understandable that parents or guardians may have quite a few questions. Child support can be a somewhat complicated thing. This column will to try address some of the common questions and concerns that parents or guardians in Maryland may have about child support and child support services.

One of the most commonly asked questions about child support is: Who is eligible for services? The answer to this is, any custodian of a child who is still considered a minor. This is not just for parents, but can be for aunts, uncles, guardians, grandparents or other court-appointed caregivers.

Another common question is: How is the amount of child support ordered determined? Like most states, Maryland has certain guidelines regarding child support amounts. It is usually based on the non-custodial parent's income, the number of children being supported, cost of health insurance and other expenses -- such as alimony, cost of day care and other extraordinary expenses.

Finally, the last question that will be discussed in this particular article is: Can a child support order be modified? Yes, possibly. Requests for modifications can be made if a change in circumstances has occurred or if it has been three years since the order was entered. Examples of changes in circumstances include:

  • Loss of employment
  • Increase/decrease in income
  • Loss of health care coverage
  • Custody changes

These are just a few of the many questions parents or guardians in Maryland may have regarding child support. Thankfully, assistance is available to answer any questions one might have on this topic. One's legal counsel can not only address these and the numerous other questions and concerns one might have in obtaining, modifying or enforcing a child support order, but can help in achieving an order that is best for one's children and personal circumstances.

Source:, "Receiving Support: Frequently Asked Questions", Accessed on March 23, 2016

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