Maryland has a long history of offering a favorable child custody arrangement to parents who can afford it.
But with new legislation to give parents more options, Maryland parents will soon have an even easier option.
Maryland Child Support and Support Orders: What to know Child support orders are usually filed on the same day a parent makes a financial commitment to their child, making it a simple and straightforward process to make the child’s support payments.
In Maryland, however, courts do not have to provide a specific date for filing child support orders.
In order to obtain a child support order, a parent must: Make an initial payment of $100, or the amount of the first month’s support; and Make an additional $200 payment, or an amount equal to three months of support.
If the parents cannot meet the amount owed, the court will consider other options.
For more information on child support payments, see Child support and support orders in Maryland.
Marylands Child Support Enforcement PolicyThe Child Support, Child Custody, and Dependent Children Enforcement Policy is intended to help parents who may be eligible for child support and to assist them in making good on their financial commitments.
In 2018, the Policy included guidelines for determining child support obligations based on factors such as the number of children, income, education, and residence in the community.
In 2017, the Maryland Legislature also expanded the child support enforcement policy to include children who live with their parents or guardians.
The Maryland Child Support Administration (CSA) administers child support awards.
Child support is paid on a quarterly basis and is based on the average of the following: The child’s income in the past 30 days; The parent’s income and assets; The custodial parent’s assets and debts; and The court’s administrative and judicial fees.
The Child Custodial Parent (CCP) is the parent who is the custodial or adoptive parent of a child.
The CCPs income includes child support for the child if there is no support payment due from either parent.
The Child Support Division (CSS) administer child support in the state.
The CSS administers support orders for children who are entitled to support under the Maryland Child Care Act (LCA).
The Maryland Court Service provides child support services in the judicial branch of the court system.
The Court Service’s Child Support Unit (CSU) assists children and families in making child support decisions.
The Courts Child Support Agency provides a centralized location for child custody disputes and child support administration for the District of Columbia.
The Agency administers orders and files court documents to support the custody orders of parents and their dependent children.
The State Court has a special unit within the Maryland Courts Child Protective Services Office that handles cases related to child support.
The Maryland Court’s Child Protective Service is the agency responsible for filing court documents for child protective orders in the District.
The courts child protective services division administers a system that will protect children from neglect and abuse, and provides support for parents and guardians who need it.
The child support law provides that child support is not a substitute for any other form of support, and that support orders must be filed on a timely basis and paid in full on or before the date set forth in the child custody order.