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What Is Child Support?
Child support is money that is paid to one’s former spouse or partner in order to provide for the child. Contrary to popular belief, it is not only used to cover basic expenses such as food and clothing. It can also be used to cover extracurricular expenses, medical bills and school fees.
Maryland Laws Regarding Child Support
If a person is married or in a committed relationship, then the court will typically not get involved. However, the court has a right to get involved if the couple divorces or splits up. The custodial parent is the one that child lives with. The non-custodial parent is the one who is required to pay child support.
Child support is paid directly to the custodial parent. This is one of the reasons that many people hate paying child support. They think that the other spouse is getting the money. However, this money is used to care for the child.
It is important to note that child support amounts are not set in stone. For example, if there is a change in income, then the amount can be adjusted. Both parents can ask for the child support amount to be raised or lowered. Furthermore, if the parent has custody of the child at least 35 percent of the time, then the child support amounts can be reduced.
In most cases, child support payments are made until the child turns 18. However, if the child becomes emancipated before the age of 18, then the payments can be stopped. Child support payments must continue even if the child is over the age of 18 if he or she is still in high school.
Call a Maryland Family Law Attorney
It can be hard to understand all of the laws in Maryland regarding child support. Fortunately, S.A. Stevenson Law Offices LLC can help. We can help you get your child support payments adjusted.