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Dedicated Silver Spring Child Support Lawyer

Maryland attorney represents custodial and noncustodial parents

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.

Beltway-area attorney explains the factors used in support determinations

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:

  • Days at each home — To help achieve fairness in support orders, child custody is assessed based on how many days the child spends in each parent’s home. This allows for more flexibility than a strict distinction between a custodial and noncustodial parent.
  • Parents’ income — The income of both parents is evaluated under the state’s child support formula. This can be the source of serious disputes if a paying parent is receiving money off the books or intentionally not working to reduce child support obligations. It’s important to remember that income doesn’t just include wages but also unemployment benefits, disability checks and other money received by a parent. I’ll examine if something is being overlooked and advocate for a resolution that accurately reflects the situation.
  • Health insurance and child care payments — Health insurance premiums and day care costs are significant expenses for mothers and fathers. Accordingly, the contributions that each parent makes in these areas are incorporated into the eventual rate.

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.

Thorough advocate assists clients with rate modification requests

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.

Effective advocate provides strong counsel during enforcement actions

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.

Contact an experienced child support lawyer serving Maryland and Washington, D.C.

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.

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Silver Spring Office
8403 Colesville Road
Suite 1100
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
Phone: 202-329-6556
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