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Getting a child support agreement

Divorcing Maryland parents have multiple options when it comes to obtaining child support. They can take part in informal negotiations with the assistance of their respective attorneys or use alternative dispute resolution proceedings that take place away from the court. No matter how an agreement is reached, it will likely still be necessary to obtain court approval to verify that it is in compliance with child support state regulations.

Possible uses of child support

Some divorced Maryland parents have the misconception that child support is designed to cover only a child's most basic needs, such as clothing and food. The reality is that it may cover a variety of expenses, and parents may benefit from a full understanding of the purpose of child support.

Seeking changes of custody

When Maryland parents of young children end their marriage, one person will normally be granted primary physical custody with the other parent being given visitations rights, although in some cases, shared custody is granted. Once custody is established, it may be changed if the circumstances of one or both parents change.

Age is not the only factor when determining child support

Maryland residents may believe that child support ends when a child reaches the age of majority at 18 or 21. However, this is not necessarily the case. Sometimes, a parent is obligated to continue providing support for a special needs child well into adulthood. It is also possible that a parent can ask to terminate a support order because that child has been legally emancipated.

Garnishing disability benefits for child support

It is essential that Maryland who owe child support make payments on a regular basis. If they do not, they may find that they are unable to have enough money to live off of or struggle to make ends meet if they become temporarily or permanently disabled.

When parents agree to end child support payments

In some cases, Maryland parents who are separated might jointly decide that the one paying child support no longer needs to do so. The position of the court is that parents have an obligation to support their children, and even if one parent does not request child support, it might be ordered. However, one parent cannot simply stop paying support.

Unpaid child support after adulthood

Maryland residents may be curious in learning more about how unpaid child support can be collected after age 18. Child support payments can provide valuable assistance for the raising of a child through his or her adolescence, and missed payments can cause a family significant financial hardship. Therefore, parents should be aware that any missed payments can potentially still be collected even after their children reach legal adulthood.

Finding a Maryland parent who owes child support

In most cases, a custodial parent of a child is entitled to financial support from the child's other parent after a divorce. However, even if people have obtained a court order, they may not receive the compensation they are owed. In these cases, the parents may need to locate the obligors so that they can obtain the financial assistance they require.

Enforcing child support payments

When Maryland parents of young children divorce, one of the things that must be decided is who the child will live with and a visitation schedule for the noncustodial parent. The noncustodial parent usually is supposed to pay support to the other parent, but according to one study, in 2014, only 49 percent of eligible single parents had a formal support agreement in place with the other parent.

Areas that child support may not address

Maryland parents who have gone through a divorce might consider music lessons to be an important part of their child's early life, but the family courts in the state might not view this experience as a necessity. Child support is intended to address the financial needs related to caring for the child after divorce, and the amount to be paid is typically computed based on the financial situations of the parents.