Montgomery County Child Support Attorney
In Maryland, both parents have a legal duty to support their children and meet their basic needs. During marriages or committed relationships, the issue of child support is not often a concern for family courts. However, when one parent no longer lives in the family home with their children, the courts are often required to make decisions about how much a non-custodial parent must pay.
While Maryland has specific child support guidelines, child support issues can be complex and contentious. To find out more about child support and get the support you need for your child, you should speak with an experienced child support attorney. Our Maryland family law attorney at Shah & Kishore can help you get the support that your child deserves.
Why Choose Shah & Kishore?
- Shah & Kishore is a family law practice serving clients in Montgomery County, Maryland.
- While we are experienced and aggressive at family law litigation, we pursue an amicable resolution first, which can be faster, less expensive, and less stressful than litigation.
- Our success rate has been extremely good. Our clients are extremely happy with our ability to resolve cases without going to litigation.
- We believe in compassionate advocacy. Our partner, Mr. Kishore, is a trained mediator and is able to handle high conflict family disputes.
If you are looking for a Maryland child support attorney who will listen and deliver results in a cost-effective and efficient manner, call Shah & Kishore at (301) 315-0001 to schedule a free consultation.
What Is Child Support?
Child support is a payment made by a non-custodial parent to the custodial parent to support the expenses related to raising a child. Medical expenses, child care expenses, school and transportation expenses, and any special needs of the child can add up quickly.
Both parents are expected to cover those expenses, whether they are together or not.
How Is Child Support Determined?
In Maryland, the court generally uses specific guidelines to calculate child support. These guidelines include looking at the following factors:
- Both parent’s “actual monthly income,” which includes salary or wages, as well as additional types of income, benefits, or bonuses. It does not, however, include temporary forms of financial assistance.
- Both parent’s “adjusted actual income,” which is the actual income minus any already existing child support and alimony paid
- Work-related child care expenses, which include any costs for the child’s care while the parent is working, such as daycare costs
- Health insurance expenses and extraordinary medical expenses. Extraordinary medical expenses include reasonable expenses that insurance doesn’t cover, such as physical therapy or dental treatment.
The court may also require additional information to calculate the amount of child support. An attorney can give you a better understanding of the factors involved and how they apply to you.
Why Do You Need a Child Support Lawyer?
The process for securing child support can get very complex. From locating the other parent to establishing parentage, setting up an order and enforcing payment, or modifying an order, you will need the skills and expertise of a child support lawyer who understands the technicalities of child support law in Maryland.
Your case may require the assistance of other professionals to establish certain facts in support of your case. For example, in cases of voluntary impoverishment where one parent chooses to be unemployed or underemployed to reduce their child support payments, your attorney can help you establish that parent’s potential income.
The experienced child support lawyer at Shah & Kishore will help you understand the factors that apply to your situation and ensure that your and your child’s rights are well-represented and protected.
Contact a Maryland Child Support Lawyer at Shah & Kishore
If you need to speak with a Maryland child support lawyer, call us at (301) 315-0001. Your initial consultation is free; contact us online to schedule it.