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Baltimore County Family Law Lawyer Discusses Timing Child Support Orders.

Written by Amar Weisman » July 13, 2016 »

Child Support is usually an issue in Divorce and Child Custody disputes. Although the child Support enforcement Agency handles thousands of child support matters every month, state agency attorneys lack the time, motivation and attorney-client relationship necessary to handle every aspect of  d child support litigation.

When my clients have a separate child support enforcement action, I help them navigate through the system-- and they usually need help. The agency provided "Public Defender" style representation for people who need representation and cannot afford a private attorney.

If you want to know how much you matter, just ask for the Attorney's private cell phone number or try to schedule an evening appointment. The  other problem is that the agency very rarely seeks above-guidelines or below-guidelines support.

What You Need to Know About Establishing Child Support Orders

Maryland’s Department of Human Resources provides important information to those parents who are wondering about the child support process overall. One of the first things that parents need to know about the process relates to what they will be required to provide in order to get the case processed and moving through the system.

To initiate a child support case, the complete names and addresses of both parents must be provided (including any aliases or nicknames they may use). If the current address is unknown, the last known address must be provided.

Additionally, the parents’ birth dates and Social Security numbers must be supplied, along with copies of their marriage license, divorce decree or separation order, other support orders, any documents on which paternity was acknowledged and any restraining or protective orders that involve either parent.

The agency further notes that individuals seeking child support are encouraged to provide additional helpful information, including the child or children’s Social Security numbers and birth certificates, the name and address of the parents’ most recent (or present) employer, and any other pertinent details relating to the parents.

Establishing the Support Order

Currently in Maryland, it generally takes anywhere from 90 to 180 days to establish a child support order. This is because a number of things can cause the process to be delayed -- namely if a noncustodial parent lives in a different state and/or can’t be found in order to be served. A delay might also be caused if the parent is in jail.

Still, if the parents can work together from the beginning to ensure all information is provided upon initiation of the case, the case will progress quicker and move to the hearing and/or agreement stage much more quickly.

Processing the Case

Individuals must be served with notice of the hearing to establish child support. That said, it is very important for the parent to have the most up-to-date information with respect to the non-custodial parent’s mailing and home addresses. Naturally, the longer it takes to find a parent to personally serve him or her, the longer it will take to establish the support order.

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Call The Law Offices of Amar S. Weisman at (410) 321-4994 to schedule a Free ConsultationThe Purpose of the consultation is to determine whether you want to retain this law firm as your Baltimore County & Harford County Family Lawyer. If you do wish to proceed, then you must pay a retainer. See Our Policy on Fees and Costs. The family firm is located next to The Circuit Court for Baltimore County, at 1018 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, MD 21204.