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Child support in Maryland: Think far, far ahead

When cradling your newborn, you and your spouse are not likely to think about whether the baby will need braces or eyeglasses further along. Admittedly, dreaming about having children doesn't often focus on the costs of raising them well into adulthood. When divorce intervenes, a Maryland couple may find that child support and all its associated expenses will leap to the forefront and stay there.

Seeking child support from a member of the military

When marriages end, it is often a difficult situation for all those involved. One of the most contentious areas of family law is child support. In cases where one of the spouses is a member of the military, the military cannot directly force a service member to pay child support. Ex-spouses of soldiers are required to secure court orders for this to happen. Custodial parents in Maryland may also need a child support decree in order to receive financial assistance.

Child support modifications due to changes in circumstances

Most parents want what is best for their children. Parents try to provide their children with the proper home environment and essentials that will gear them toward proper development. Custodial and noncustodial parents in Maryland may need modifications to child support due to changes in life circumstances.

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.

Darious McCrary asks for reduced child support payments

Some fathers in Maryland and across the country are confused about how to establish a relationship with their children, but former child actor Darius McCrary formed an organization called FathersCare to assist fathers in need. The organization was designed to provide needed resources to fathers such as education and legal services with a goal for fathers to have better relationships with their children. Apparently, the organization has not been active for some time and likely has not been a source of help for Darius with his current legal trouble. Darius has recently requested a family court for a reduction in his child support payments.

Address all expenses during child support negotiations

During the course of a Maryland divorce, parents often spend a great deal of time discussing various child custody arrangements. Child support will also come into play, but many states have guidelines in place to determine which parent will pay a certain amount to the other. What many parents fail to consider is the many additional expenses that come with raising a child. Including those costs into the child support equation is important.