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Requesting back and retroactive child support payments

For Maryland families facing divorce, child support is often a touchy, yet necessary issue to resolve. The hardest part is determining which parent will maintain custody while the other is ordered to pay child support. While child support is ordered by the court, parents should be aware of any other alternative child support arrangements.

Failing to pay child support can lead to massive penalties, including possible jail time for the guilty individual. If a person is jailed, the ability to receive an income becomes impossible; therefore, more common penalties may be issued. Those penalties can be passport denial, revoked driver's license, wage garnishment, liens on any real estate or vehicles and frozen bank accounts. Ensuring timely payment of any child support is crucial to preventing any of these possible penalties.

Parents filing for child support may also request support payments for the time between the actual divorce filing and the final ruling made by a court appointed judge mandating child support payments. This is known as retroactive support. To proceed with back child support payments, a custodial parent should be able to provide proof of any missed payments, attempts to request the funds and paternity awareness of the non custodial parent.

Working out child support details during a divorce is crucial for Maryland families and the children involved. Seeking the advice of a family law attorney can be wise when faced with any child support issues. Knowing the right avenues to take can lead to a possible win not only for the sole parent provider, but for the child or children as well.

Source: thespruce.com, "How to Request Back Child Support Payments," Debrina Washington, accessed Dec. 22, 2017

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