Child Support

Child Support is when the Court states that one parent is required to pay another parent a certain sum of money each month until the children reach the age of 18 (or 19 if still in  high school, whichever comes later). It is presumed that every parent has an obligation to financially support his/her child.

Will I have to pay Child Support to my child's other parent?
Can Child Suppport ever be modified?
Child Support and Taxes:

Will I have to pay Child Support to my child's other parent?

  • The answer to this question depends on a number of factors. For example, it depends on the physical custody arrangement of your children.   It also depends on your income and your spouse’s income.
  • In most cases, a court will use the Maryland Child Support Guidelines to determine the amount of Child Support a parent is required to pay. To determine the Child Support amount, the court will fill in certain information, including the number of overnights each parents has with the child(ren), the incomes of the parties, and the cost of certain expenses for the children.
  • To obtain an estimate on what Child Support would be awarded in your case, click HERE  for the Maryland Child Support calculator. 

Can Child Support ever be modified?

  • Yes—Child Support can always be modified if there is a substantial change in circumstances 

Child Support and Taxes

  • Child support is not tax deductible by the payor and is not considered income to the recipient. This is because Child Support is supposed to be for the children and not for the spouse who is receiving child support.
  •  The Court has the ability to designate to one spouse the dependency deduction on the party’s respective tax returns.


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