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Developments In Baltimore County Child Support 

  • The Maryland Child Support Guidelines changed effective 10/01/2020
  • New child support formula in effect; new formula, joint physical custody redefined. 
  • Baltimore County suspended the child support contempt docket indefinitely

Baltimore Child Support Lawyer With A Record Of Getting The Details Right 

The Law Offices aggressively represents Child Support clients. Child Support refers to cash payments from the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent. Child support can be above or below the guidelines amount, provided the proper reasons are presented to the Court so the family law judge or magistrate can make a decision based on all of the evidence. Physical Custody changes the child support guidelines by lowering the amount of support paid: parents who have more than 128 overnights will typically pay less child support than parents without 128 overnights, all other things being equal. At the Law Offices of Amar S. Weisman, we use Family Law Support Software to produce guidelines worksheets and tables to demonstrate child support arrearages in a form that can be easily understood by the court.. 

Baltimore County Child Support Modification

In cases where there has been a change in parental income, the child's needs, or physical custody, the Court will probably recalculate child support pursuant to the Maryland Child Support Guidelines. Whether you are proposing or opposing the modification, The Law Offices of Amar S. Weisman is ready to file customized court papers, precise financial statements, and to obtain financial data through discovery to establish that the time has come to recalibrate child support.

When child support is not collected through the Maryland Child Support Administration , then the parent who pays child support must petition the circuit court to modify the prevailing child support obligation when child support is no longer legally collectible. The obligation to pay child support terminates when a child has both obtained the age of 18 years and has completed high school. For a child who has not completed high school but has turned 18 years old, the child support obligation will continue. It may be necessary for the parent paying child support to proactively petition the court to modify the child support obligation.  In a case where child support continues to be paid after the obligation period theoretically has ended, the parent paying child support is eligible for a modification of support effective the day that he asked for a modification; there can be no modification backwards relating back to the period of time when there was no petition to modify the child support and it had not been requested.

Contempt Of Court For Failure to Pay Child Support Pursuant to a Lawful Baltimore County Order.  

In The Circuit Court For Baltimore County, Child Support Contempt matters are typically heard by a Magistrate before the case escalates "upstairs" to a Judge on the Family Docket. As of August 21, 2017, many contempt hearings came before Magistrate James Farmer, one of Maryland's most experienced child support jurists. Typically contempt hearings come before Magistrate Farmer on the Ground Floor, Hearing Room B, which conveniently located next to the Child Support Enforcement Administration and the Baltimore County Sheriff's Office, which is sometimes dispatched when the contempt of court for non-payment is deemed egregious. 

Child Support Enforcement Administration Hearings In The Towson County Courts Building. 

The Law Offices of Amar S. Weisman defends individuals in Child Support Enforcement Administration ("CSEA")proceedings. In Baltimore County, CSEA is located at 170 W Ridgely Rd Suite 200, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093

Hearings to establish child support are generally held on the Ground floor level of the County Courts Building. Usually, the agency will summons both parties to appear for an initial screening in front of an attorney form the Office of the State's Attorney. Having an attorney at an initial helpful for the purpose of effective negotiation and alerting the state's attorney to any jurisdictional disputes including the residency of the parent claiming child support in 4D cases. The Law Offices of Amar S. Weisman has a strong track record of obtaining favorable results for clients based on Negotiation Skills, knowledge of civil procedure in the family sphere and a deep understanding of the child support guidelines. . 

What Goes Into the Child Support Formula? 

  • Gross Parental Income including salaries; wages; commissions; bonuses; dividend income; pension income; interest income; trust income;  annuity income; Social Security benefits; workers' compensation benefits; unemployment insurance benefits; disability insurance benefits. Often times, there is a dispute about whether overtime counts and, if that is an issue, it may be helpful to obtain different kinds of evidence of parental income including W-2 Statements, Pay Stubs, Bank Statements, Employment Contracts and Bonus Compensation Schedules. In matters involving a small businessman or small businesswoman, there are many nuances to properly calculating parental income. 
  • Physical CustodyShared Physical Custody exists when both parents have more than 35% of the overnights (128 overnights); If you do not have more than 128 overnights per year, then you do not have shared Physical Custody
  • Health Insurance. Difference between the single plan (that just covers you) and the plan that also covers the minor child.
  • Extraordinary Medical Expenses. Includes uninsured, reasonable, and necessary costs for orthodontia, dental treatment, asthma treatment, physical therapy, treatment for any chronic health problem, and professional counseling or psychiatric therapy for diagnosed mental disorders.
  • Summer Camp. The cost of summer-camp is often treated like work-related day care. How summer camp factors into child support will usually depend on the summer visitation schedule, the number of summer camps, and whether payments are made directly to the summer camp by one or both parents. Due ot the increasing cost of summer camps, the proper computation of summer camp costs requires extra attention. 
  • Private SchoolUsually depends on where the child went to school prior to separation. 

Evidence In Child Support Cases. 

  • Pay Stubs from the primary employer and any part-time employers that issue pay stubs. 
  • Federal and State Income Tax Returns for individuals as well as any businesses owned by the parties. 
  • Bank account records and credit card statements which may present a different financial picture than the tax returns or pay stubs and suggest there is more money coming in from somehwere.  
  • Passbooks and Ledgers maintained through software like Intuit Quicken and Quick Books. 

Maryland Law On Above-Guidelines Child Support 

The child support guidelines codified in Family Law 12-204(e) sets up a formula for parties whose combined income between $15,000.00 and $180,000. The Court has discretion award above-guidelines child support in matters where the combined income exceeds $180,000.00, In above guidelines cases, the court is required to balance the best interests of the child/children with the parents ability to pay child support and meet his or her financial needs. 

Small Baltimore County Business Owners And Child Support

The determination of what constitutes income is often contested when one parent is a small business owner with deductions that could as income, or not. The Law Offices of Amar S. Weisman helps spouses of small business owners ensure that small business owners cannot hide income as the cost of goods that are never sold, payment of rents on buildings that do not exist or travel and automobile expenses having the most marginal connection to the actual functioning of the business. We also help small business owners prevent legitimate business expenses from being twisted and turned into frivolous personal items when that is not the reality. 

Call 410-321-4994 To Meet With Towson Child Custody & Family Law Lawyer Amar S. Weisman.

Please Call (410) 321-4994 during business hours to schedule a free consultation for the purpose of deciding whether you want to retain Amar S. Weisman. The firm does not accept pro bono clients at this time. To retain legal services and advice, you must pay a retainer, See Policy on Fees/Costs. The law firm is located in the heart of Towson near The Circuit Court For Baltimore County, Towson Town Center, Goucher College and Towson University, at 1018 Dulaney Valley Road (MD-146), Second Floor Towson, MD 21204. We represent clients throughout the Baltimore area including Aberdeen, Abingdon, Baldwin, Bel Air, Bowleys Quarters, Brooklandville, Carney, Catonsville, Cockeysville, Edgewood, Essex, Garrison, Glen Arm, Greenspring Valley, Homeland, Hunt Valley, Hydes, the Joppa Road Corridor, Kingsville, Long Green, Lutherville, Middle River, Nottingham, Owings Mills, Parkville, Pikesville, Perry Hall, Reisterstown, Riderwood, Rodgers Forge, Rosedale, Ruxton, Sparks, Sparrows Point, Stoneleigh, Timonium, Towson, West Towson,  White Hall,  White Marsh, and the York Road corridor. We have also represented a number of out-of-state clients. The law firm does not guarantee the results in any matter. 

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Call 410-321-4994 To Meet With Towson Divorce, Child Custody & Family Law Lawyer Amar S. Weisman.

Please Call (410) 321-4994 during business hours to schedule a free consultation for the purpose of deciding whether you want to retain Amar S. Weisman. The firm does not accept pro bono clients at this time. To retain legal services and advice, you must pay a retainer, See Policy on Fees/Costs. The law firm is located in the heart of Towson near The Circuit Court For Baltimore County, Towson Town Center, Goucher College and Towson University, at 1018 Dulaney Valley Road (MD-146), Second Floor Towson, MD 21204. We represent clients throughout the Baltimore area including Aberdeen, Abingdon, Baldwin, Bel Air, Bowleys Quarters, Brooklandville, Carney, Catonsville, Cockeysville, Edgewood, Essex, Garrison, Glen Arm, Greenspring Valley, Homeland, Hunt Valley, Hydes, the Joppa Road Corridor, Kingsville, Long Green, Lutherville, Middle River, Nottingham, Owings Mills, Parkville, Pikesville, Perry Hall, Reisterstown, Riderwood, Rodgers Forge, Rosedale, Ruxton, Sparks, Sparrows Point, Stoneleigh, Timonium, Towson, West Towson,  White Hall,  White Marsh, and the York Road corridor. We have also represented a number of out-of-state clients. The law firm does not guarantee the results in any matter.