What To Expect In Your Child Support Case
Whether you and the other parent are going through a divorce or separation, your mutual minor children remain the responsibility of you both. Depending on where the children live and who earns a higher income, this may mean that you will pay or receive child support. Each child support award takes into account the income of each of the parents, the number of children and specific expenses related to the care of those children.
To protect your interests and ensure that calculations are done fairly as part of your divorce or separation agreement, consult with an experienced family law attorney at Reinstein, Glackin & Herriott, LLC. Our law firm has stood with parents, children and families for years. We can advise you on opportunities and pitfalls that you should be aware of as your child support amounts are being determined. Your initial child support order may have a significant impact on your financial health for years to come.
Some Details About How Child Support Is Determined
In Maryland, as in many other states, an income shares model is the legal basis for child support guidelines. Both parents’ incomes figure into calculations of the amount of child support. The guidelines also take into account the cost of a child’s health insurance, child support already being paid for other children, alimony already being paid, alimony being received, daycare costs, extraordinary medical expenses for one or more children, school expenses and transportation expenses for the children.
The formula may sound straightforward, but there is often room for questioning in the calculations. If one or both parents have variable income (through self-employment, seasonal businesses or commissions-based pay, for example), a close look may be necessary to determine correct income amounts. Reinstein, Glackin & Herriott, LLC, regularly brings in experts such as forensic accountants to protect our clients’ long-term financial interests in the area of child support.
Get Up-To-Date, Accurate Advice
As of this writing, Maryland’s child support laws as they relate to child custody are scheduled to change in October 2020. Ensure that you have the latest information and understand the impact it may have on your child support calculations with the help of a qualified family law attorney. Our lawyers help clients through complex, challenging child support cases, including modifications of existing orders, and child support for military families, federal employees and parents with international child custody situations.