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Maryland Child Support Factors

Child support may be awarded. There are specific child support guidelines and charts supplied in the statute. There is a presumption that the amount shown for support in the guidelines is correct. However, the amount may be adjusted up or down if it is shown to be inappropriate or unjust under the circumstances of the case. In determining whether the amount would be unjust, the court may consider: (1) the terms of any marital settlement agreement between the parents, including any provisions for payments of marital debts, mortgages, college education expenses, the right to occupy the family home, and any other financial terms and (2) the presence in the household of either parent of other children that the parent has a duty to support. The family home may be awarded to the parent who has custody of a child to enable the child to continue to live in the environment and community that is familiar to the child. [Annotated Code of Mary-land; Family Law, Sections 8-206, 12-101, 12-201, 12-202, 12-203, and 12-204 and Maryland Rules; Rule 9-206 (Child Support Guidelines)].

Maryland child support is typically calculated by using a Child Support Worksheet. The worksheet will generate an appropriate Maryland child support obligation according to each spouse’s income and other relative numeric factors such as taxes paid and retirement contributions, etc.. Once this amount is determined it is essential to take a look at any appropriate Maryland child support deviation factors that may be applicable to the situation. You can get more information about Maryland child support in the Maryland state statutes located at: http://mlis.state.md.us/.