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If you are a divorcing or separating parent in Maryland, making sure your children will be adequately provided for is a priority. So is making sure that you're able to support yourself after seeing that your children's needs are met.
Whether you expect to pay or receive child support, it's essential that you take steps to make sure that the amount awarded is appropriate. For most families in Maryland, child support awards are determined by child support guidelines which have been established by statute. While you have no control over the formula used to calculate child support, you can ensure that the data fed into the formula is accurate; this is where the guidance of an experienced Maryland child support attorney is critical.
The Maryland child support guidelines use what's called an “income shares” model. The guidelines take into account both parents' income, how many minor children are in the family, the cost of health insurance for the children, the access schedule for each parent, and the costs of child care and extraordinary medical expenses.
Child support is modifiable once it's established, but it can be time-consuming, difficult, and costly to do so. It's much better to get things right the first time, and every case is unique. The Law Offices of Dana K. Whitten can help. We assist you with all Maryland child support-related issues, including:
We'll sit down with you to evaluate the information that is relevant to your case, and review it to be certain that all the information is taken into account and that each party's income is accurately reflected in the child support guidelines. The guidelines are intended to make sure that children receive adequate support. A child support award is only as good as the information it's based on and we are committed to ensuring that the court is provided with a complete understanding of the needs of the children and each parent's ability to provide financial support.
Depending on the age of your children, you may be paying or receiving child support for more than a decade. If the amount awarded is not fair, it could cost you many thousands of dollars over those years. A good child support attorney is a worthwhile investment to make sure you and your children are treated justly.
Attorney Dana Whitten represents child support clients in courts in most Maryland counties, including Montgomery County, where our Rockville office is conveniently located near the courthouse. We invite you to contact us at (301)762-2528 or using our online contact form to schedule a consultation. We look forward to working with you on your Maryland child support matter.