Child-support laws in Maryland are designed to determine and establish the amount of money a parent without primary custody of a child pays in support. The state's laws are designed to establish a consistent system to determine and establish support rather than one that is subjective and calculated solely on a case-by-case basis.
Determining Child Support Obligation in Maryland

The state of Maryland established a legal formula to calculate a parent's child-support obligation. The initial step is totaling up the gross earnings of both parents. The gross earnings of the parents include wages and salaries, revenue from business and investments, disability benefits, Social Security benefits and even unemployment. Maryland law takes a very broad view of what constitutes income, essentially money from any source whatsoever except for gifts.

The grand total of earnings is utilized to find the total amount of child support needed to sustain a child based on the support guidelines developed by the state of Maryland.

The percentage of the grand total of gross earnings contributed by each parent is calculated. The parent responsible for paying child support pays a comparable percentage of the child-support total set forth in the child support guidelines.

For illustrative purposes only, assume a couple earning a grand total of $60,000 in child-support income has a combined child-support obligation of $600 a month for one child. Assume the parent with the child-support obligation brings in 70 percent of the income. That parent will pay 70 percent of the $600 total obligation in child support.


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