Divorce is a difficult and emotional process for both partners. If there are children involved, your divorce can become even more challenging to navigate. The physical and emotional health of your children is the most important concern for all parents. Unfortunately, a divorce takes a heavy toll on children especially when they may not understand what is happening and how it will impact their future. The trauma of divorce is even more complicated when the issue of Child Support is disputed.
You Don’t Have to Navigate Child Support Alone
ZM Law Group is on your side. We provide compassionate legal advice regarding issues related to Child Support services in Owings Mills and all over the State of Maryland. We believe that children are the financial responsibility of both parents. Each parent therefore not only has an obligation to support their child’s emotional needs, but also their financial needs. We stand ready to help you ensure child support decisions in your matter are made in the best interest of your children, and we will navigate you through this process to ensure the best possible results for you.
Which Needs will my Child Support Agreement Address?
Child Support is an important aspect of any cases involving children. When determining the amount of Child Support, the courts in Maryland review your all financial matters which affect your child, including what resources are needed to ensure their health, safety and eduction. Before establishing an appropropriate child support obligation for both parents, the Court takes into account the following expenses and factors:
- Daycare/schooling costs
- Extraordinary medical expenses
- Extracurricular Activities (Sports, Clubs, etc.)
- Hobbies (Music, Gymnastics, etc.)
- Health Insurance costs
- Costs related to special needs
How is Child Support Calculated in Owings Mills?
There are many factors that a Maryland judge will take into account when determining monthly support payments. These factors include:
- The number of children the parents have in common.
- The allocated time the child spends with each parent (as established in a custody agreement).
- The average monthly gross income for each parent.
- Which parent pays/needs work-related child care.
- Which parent pays health insurance for the child/children.
When parties earn a combined income exceeding certain thresholds, the court has the discretion to deviate from Maryland Child Support Guidelines when calculating child support obligations upon both parents. Ther are also special circumstances which may warrant a deviation in amount and duration of chidls support. These cases involve a child with special needs, a medical condition that brings about extraordinary expenses, a parent that sees substantial deviation in income throughout the year (seasonally), or a child that has a revenue stream from another independent source. Child Support is a factually based issue. Therefore, each case is unique. Its important to consult an attorney to understand all your options. Schedule a consultation with Zhanna A. Maydanich, an experienced child support attorney, at ZM Law Group.
Can I Change or Alter a Child Support Order?
When a child support order is established through a Court Order or a mutual agreement between the parties, it will be in effect until 1) the child reaches 18 years of age or graduates from high school, whichever is last to ocurr, but shall not extend past 19 years old 2) the child is no longer living, 3) the child is emancipated. However, the parties may seek modification of child support Orders whenever there is a change in circumstamces for either party, such as an increase or decrease in income or living arrangements with either parent or a change in the child’s financial needs. All child support Orders are in effect unless and until they are modified by a signed Agreement or by a Court Order. In order to modify the Child Support Agreement, either parent must file a Request for Modification of Child Support and present evidence that demonstrates that a change is waaranted based on a change in circumstances. If you have reason to believe your current child support agreement should be modified, contact ZM Law Group in Owings Mills we have a child support lawyer to help you today.
Will I Be Penalized for Not Paying Child Support?
Once your child support obligation is established, either by mutual agreement or by Court Order, you have a legal obligation to make your child support payments. If you fail to make those payments, the Court may impose severe penalties which may include suspension of your driver’s license, additional fees and even jail time. Before you find yourself in this situation, seek professional legal advice from Zhanna A. Maydanich, an experienced child support attorney in Maryland.
Guided Assistance from an Experienced Owings Mills Child Support Lawyer
Whether you’re in the beginning stages of your separation or you need experienced guidance with amending or modifying your exhisting child support obligation, you need to seek advice from a child custody attorney. Zhanna A. Maydanich is available to provide you the assistance you need. As an experienced and tenacious family law attorney for over 20 years, she has been helping parents, and families to navigate the overwhelming legal issues they experience going through divorce and family crisis. ZM Law Group’s mission is to approach each and every case with an individualized perspective unique to each client’s needs. Contact us today to find the best child support attorney in Owings Mills, MD for your case.
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