After a divorce or the breakup of unmarried parents, the establishment and enforcement of a child support order shapes the lives of the involved parties. Many factors go into the standard formula used to set child support rates, and each child’s particular needs and priorities should also be considered. At Sharma Divorce Law in Silver Spring, I, attorney Tina Sharma, give clients the information and support they require to protect themselves and their children. Regardless of whether you are providing payments or receiving them, I’ll work to ensure that correct information is provided to the court and that your co-parent is abiding by the terms of the order.
Understanding the standards used in child support determinations helps clients going through a divorce plan for the future and negotiate additional terms relating to higher education, enrichment classes and other expected costs. Key factors under Maryland law include:
My family law firm is committed to handling the child support process in a professional manner to avoid needless conflicts between parents that could affect the children they share.
Sometimes, changing circumstances impact the factors that are used to set a child support rate. For example, a job loss or medical condition could significantly alter the income generated by a noncustodial parent. It’s important to remember that no matter how compelling the justification might be, parents are not allowed to adjust the amount or frequency of child support payments on their own. If a material change of circumstances has occurred, such as an income change of 25 percent either way, my firm can petition the court for a modification to the existing order.
The Maryland Child Support Administration provides various options when a noncustodial parent fails to make complete, timely payments. Funds can be withheld from wages, unemployment benefits and tax refunds to satisfy a parent’s legal obligation. My firm can also help initiate other actions if necessary, such as the suspension of driving privileges or a professional license. In cases where no other option works, a contempt proceeding might be commenced.
Sharma Divorce Law in Silver Spring, Maryland represents parents in negotiations and court matters pertaining to child support payment, including modification and enforcement proceedings. To arrange a consultation, please call 202-329-6556 or contact me online.