Calculating Child Support

To calculate child support in Maryland, the courts use a formula called the Child Support Guidelines. Unless someone can demonstrate that these guidelines are considered unjust and inappropriate, judges will often order child support based on the guidelines.

Generally, the parent who is awarded primary physical custody of the children – also known as the custodial parent – is the individual who will receive child support. The person who does not have primary physical custody – also known as the noncustodial parent – is the person who will pay child support.

The following are the factors involved in calculating child support:

  • Each parent’s “actual monthly income,” including salary or wages, bonuses, Social Security benefits, workers’ compensation benefits, alimony, etc.
  • Each parent’s “adjusted actual income,” which is the actual income minus any pre-existing child support that the parent pays for another child.
  • Health insurance expenses.
  • Work-related child care expenses.
  • Extraordinary medical expenses not covered by insurance.
  • A financial statement.

How Does the Court Calculate Child Support?

The Child Support Guidelines estimate the percentage of income that parents would spend on their kids if the parents were living together.

The steps to calculate the amount of child support include:

  • Determining each parent’s actual income
  • Determining each parent’s adjusted income
  • Add up both parents’ adjusted actual incomes, with the combined amount factored into the Guidelines chart to figure out the “basic child support obligation”
  • Include some additional expenses, such as health insurance costs and daycare costs, which generates the “total child support obligation”
  • The noncustodial parent is responsible for paying a percentage of total child support obligation

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