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Attorneys Helping You Simplify Complex Child Support Matters

Child support is an important way to ensure that children have the financial resources they need when parents are no longer together to support them in one household. Although court-ordered child support can sometimes be a source of dispute and resentment between parents, it is important to remember that it serves a critical purpose. As such, it is important to reach a child support agreement that is fair, sustainable and reflective of the children’s needs.

When you hire Thomas Sims Law Firm, you’ll work with experienced attorneys who can guide you through this often complex process and pursue outcomes that work for you and your children. Regardless of whether you will be receiving child support or are being asked to pay, we will help you understand your options at every step.

What Factors Are Considered When Calculating Child Support?

Determining child support amounts can be complicated because there are a number of factors at play. We won’t go into too much detail on this page, but Maryland uses what’s called the “income shares model,” which looks at the combined income of both parents and how much money was being spent on the children when the family was all living in one household.

Along with the information above, courts also consider:

  • What percentage of the total income each parent contributes
  • The custody and visitation arrangement (each parent’s allotment of parenting time)
  • Any alimony that one parent may be paying to the other
  • Any existing child support orders for children from previous relationships
  • Additional expenses that either parent pays directly, such as child care costs, extraordinary medical bills and health insurance premiums

To estimate your child support payments, you can use forms and online calculators, but it is better to consult an attorney, like those at our firm, who understands the details of Maryland child support guidelines and can offer case-specific advice and guidance.

If circumstances warrant, we can also help you petition the court to deviate from the standard calculation to account for expenses not typically included in the calculations.

Modifying And Enforcing Support Orders

Just like with orders pertaining to child custody, child support orders can be modified if there has been a significant and material change in circumstances. It could be a change in income, a change to the custody agreement or a change in child-related expenses based on the needs of a child, to name just a few examples.

Regardless of the reason for the change, our attorneys can help you petition to modify the existing child support order or seek to prevent a modification, depending on your position. We can also help you enforce the order in court if your co-parent repeatedly fails to pay their required share of expenses.

There Is No Substitute For Case-Specific Advice – Contact Us Today

To arrange an initial consultation with one of our experienced family law attorneys, contact our office in Largo, Maryland, by calling 301-637-3009. You can also reach out online.

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