Here are some frequently asked questions about child support:
How does the Court determine WHO should pay child support and HOW MUCH should be paid?
Every parent has an obligation to support their minor child, with certain exceptions, until the child turns 18 or if a child is still at home at 18, then the obligation runs until graduation from high school or 19. Some children can be supported beyond their 19th birthday if there is proof to the Court that the child needs to continue to be financially supported by parents.
Maryland’s child support guidelines only go up to a combined income of $180,000.00. Beyond that, it is at the discretion of the court to decide the amount to award. Guidelines are based upon gross income of the parties and subject to certain deductions for mandatory expenditures. The court can only deviate from the child support guidelines upon a finding that the child support guidelines would be inappropriate or unjust (which is generally hard to obtain).