Child Support Maryland

MARYLAND CHILD SUPPORT
Child Support, Maryland works to ensure that the living standards for those children can be improved whose parents do not stay together. This is done by ensuring that the children receive their rightful financial support from both the parents. The office of Child Support, Maryland helps with application, payment collection, Child Support order enforcement, paternity establishment and locating the non-custodial parents.
HOW TO APPLY FOR CHILD SUPPORT MARYLAND?
In order to apply for Child Support, parents need to contact the local Child Support Agency. Information on local Child Support Agency can be found on the official website of Maryland Child Support. It is very essential that while applying for Child Support, the custodial parents must provide all possible information about their case so that the applications can be processed quickly by the responsible officer. Information that should be provided during application includes:
• Custodial parent’s full name, Social Security Number, date of birth and full address.
• Child’s or children’s full name, their birth certificate copy and their date of birth.
• Non-custodial parent’s full name, Social Security Number, current employer’s name and address and date of birth.
In case the custodial parent along with children currently live under public assistance programs like Medical Assistance or Temporary Cash Assistance, the local Child Support Agency will be rendering the service for Child Support without any cost. However, in case custodial parent and children are not living under any state or public assistance, a non-refundable, one-time application fee of $25 is charged to initiate the Child Support program.
HOW ARE CHILD SUPPORT ORDER AND MEDICAL SUPPORT ESTABLISHED?
The good thing about establishing Child Support in Maryland is that the local Child Support Agency will be providing lawyer who will assist the parents to take the case to court. Hence, custodial parents are not required to hire attorney on their own. In case of successful order from the court, the non-custodial parent is ordered to pay monthly payments towards the Child Support order. A non-custodial parent will also be ordered to pay for the child’s or children’s medical insurance provided the insurance can be obtained at affordable rates through any health insurance plan or from office (job). In case it is found that the non-custodial parent is a job holder and is still not paying for medical insurance of the child, the Child Support Agency sends a letter directly to the employer, asking the employer to enroll the child or children in company’s available medical insurance plans and deduct the premium directly from the non-custodial parent’s salary.
HOW TO COLLECT MARYLAND CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS?
Collection of Maryland Child Support payments is pretty different in the state compared to other states of US. In Maryland, the employers of the non-custodial parents are directed to payment for Child Support from the non-custodial parent’s monthly paycheck and deposit it directly to the relevant state office. This method is known as income withholding. Once the payments are deposited by the non-custodial parent’s employer in the respective state office, the state office processes the payments and disburses it to the custodial parents. The state office may take anywhere between 24 hours to 48 hours to disburse the payments.
HOW IS CHILD SUPPORT, MARYLAND ENFORCED?
There are several tools that can be used by Maryland Child Support Enforcement Agency to enforce the Child Support Order. The agency is actually empowered by both Maryland State and Federal laws. The agency can use any of the methods mentioned below to enforce Child Support Order:
• Income withholding: In this method, the payments for Child Support are directly deducted from the unemployment benefit payments of the non-custodial parent.
• Withholding tax refunds to pay for the Child Support order.
• Damaging credit history my reporting delinquent Child Support payments to the Credit Bureaus.
• Intercepting the lottery winnings in State of Maryland.
• Denial or suspension of professional license, driver’s license and recreational license of the non-custodial parent.
• Referring Child Support payment delinquencies to private collection agencies.
• Taking legal or court actions against the non-paying, non-custodial parent.
HOW TO MODIFY THE CHILD SUPPORT ORDER IN MARYLAND?
Child Support Order or Medical Support can be modified from time to time. Modification requests must be made to the local Child Support Agency. The request can come from either of the two parents. However, it is important to ensure that there are valid and significantly important reasons to ask for modifications. Reasons like change in employment, financial condition and even custody of the child or children can be solid grounds for requesting modifications. Only after reviewing the request and verifying the facts, the Child Support Agency will grant any modifications. The Child Support Agency of Maryland holds the authority to either increase or decrease the payments towards Child Support, Maryland based on the circumstances and the decision must be accepted by both the parents.
WHAT IF THE NON-CUSTODIAL PARENT HAS MOVED TO A DIFFERENT STATE?
This can be a confusing situation. In case the non-custodial parent has moved to another state for some reason, the Child Support Agency of Maryland can still help with the enforcement of the Child Support Order. In this case, the local agency will act with the custodial parent and the agency for Child Support of the other state where the non-custodial parent lives to establish and enforce Child Support Order. However, it is very important for the custodial parent to provide some basic information about the non-custodial parent’s current employment. The name of the employer and the address of the employer will be required by the Child Support Agency of Maryland so that it can establish contact with the agency of the other state and the employer of that state to withhold the income of the non-custodial parent. This is not an easy task because of several differences in state to state laws and can take a little longer than the time taken to establish Child Support order in Maryland. The custodial parent will have to be patient. It will only be a matter of time before the Child Support Order is completely established and enforced.