Essex, MD asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Maryland

Q: grandparents filed emergency custody against both parents and now pursuing child support from father but not mother.

mother lives at home with grandparents and kids, but unstable with opiod drug abuse and job history. father has opiod addiction also but completed successful intensive treatment. can courts require mother to support order also?

1 Lawyer Answer

Lynndolyn Tippins Mitchell

Answered
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Rockville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: In response to your question, although the court can't order mother to move from her parents home. They can require her to pay child support for the children. The grandparents can't pick and choose who to go after for child support payments. Mother who has unstable job history and substance abuse issues may not be able to pay more than a minimum amount of support for the children. There was a recently case decided by the Court of Appeals of Maryland,Burak v. Burak, 455 Md. 564, 168 A.3d 883, 2017 Md. LEXIS 609 that discusses issues similar to your question.

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