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Q: My son is 18 and just graduated high school. Is my ex obligated to continue to pay child support until he turns 19?

He will turn 19 Dec 13, 2019 so I'm trying to figure out in the State of Maryland does my ex still pay until he turns 19

Elizabeth Pugliese answered on Jun 18, 2019

It ends at 18 OR graduation from high school whichever is later. It does not last until the 19th birthday.

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Q: I am separated and moving toward the divorce. I make substantially more money than my ex, but she only works part-time.

We have shared custody 50/50, but the monthly child support I pay is significant. Should this be calculated on her earning potential instead of her actual since she chooses to work part time and is using my child support her?

Elizabeth Pugliese answered on Jun 18, 2019

Child support is based on actual income, not speculation of what someone thinks she could be making.

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Q: Can I move out of state with my 6 month old?

My daughter has been under my sole care until she was 4 months old, but due to an abusive situation at my parents, we had to move in with her father( the only other person we know in Maryland.) Me and my child's father were never married but he signed an Affidavit of Paternity after she was born.... Read more »

Mark Oakley answered on May 26, 2019

It’s a complicated question. With no court order in effect, either parent has legal authority to have physical custody and can move out of state. However, because this is the child’s home state of residence, Maryland courts have jurisdiction to hear a custody dispute under the Uniform Child... Read more »

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Q: My daughter is 18 but she dropped out of school. She has not graduated. Am I obligated to pay support?

Her mother signed her drop out papers. She is not in school

Elizabeth Pugliese answered on May 22, 2019

If there is a current child support order, file to terminate immediately. It will not happen unless you file. The Mother probably will not. If it is going through child support enforcement they do not keep track of the age of the children and modify it for you. You must act.

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Q: My childs father is going for shared custody

He was abusive to me and got arrested when i finally called 911 and i have a protective order and through that protective order i made sure he could see our daughter this happened 5 months ago she is now 8 months but he sees her tuesday,thursday 4-9pm on those days and monday, Wednesday, 4-9pm and... Read more »

Elizabeth Pugliese answered on Apr 28, 2019

If he actually said that in court, he is not getting joint custody. One of the factors in determining custody is sincerity of request. The parent has to want to have the child, not just want to get out of child support.

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Q: If son takes nite classes twice a week for welding does that classify as college..hes 20..divorce final when he was 18..

Ex says im still obligated to pay cause hes in "college"..nothing was done with child support at divorce cause he was 18..nite classes are t a credited 2 or 4 yr college? What are my rights

Elizabeth Pugliese answered on Apr 23, 2019

Child support ends at age 18 in Maryland. Unless there is a written agreement between the parties, there is no obligation for either parent to pay for college.

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Q: Prof. licenses were requested to be suspended before a background check for new job offer completed. Now what?

OCSE requested the MBON suspend my licenses for non-compliance. One of the problems with this is, I was in compliance. This is the second time the OCSE has caused me to lose a job opportunity because of inaccurate information and an unwillingness to resolve the balance of the support order. I... Read more »

Elizabeth Pugliese answered on Apr 17, 2019

You need to file in the child support case and request an audit of your case. this will ensure they correct your record.

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Q: I’m paying child support until my child graduates high school because she turns 18 before graduation.

When exactly does support end? The beginning of the month of graduation? do I pro rate the payment to the day of graduation?

Mark Oakley answered on Apr 10, 2019

You pay the whole month in which she graduates. So, if school ends June 20, you aow all of June on June 1, and then you're done. You do not get to pro rate.

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Q: Will my "other pay" that my employer provides me go towards my gross income when calculating for child support?

My employer used to provide my health insurance and it did not show up on my pay check. When I got married it was a cheaper and a better health plan for me to switch to my husbands insurance; so my boss requested I get on my husbands plan and he pay me a monthly premium to make up for what is being... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 1, 2019

This question should be addressed to the lawyer who handled your divorce because there may be other information not available to lawyers who have not been involved, and who have never seen the underlying divorce papers.

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Q: Is it considered child support fraud if my son resides with me for the last 2 years and she still receives child support

She refuses to switch his school or stop the child support because it helps her pay her bills. But I feed him clothe him take and pick up from school what can I do? I have plenty of text messages and people who have witnessed this who stated they would go to court for me

Elizabeth Pugliese answered on Mar 20, 2019

You MUST file to modify the child support. As long as the order is in place, it must be followed. If she will not modify it, you must.

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Q: Chance of full custody if sons father hasn’t been a part in over a year and has shown no interest of being a part

Sons father wanted an abortion, was verbally suicidal, showed no interest, hasn’t seen son in over a year and recently contacted said he was okay if things stayed the same. He admitted to looking on social media to see sons up bringing but no contact when in state (and at same work place) to see... Read more »

Dawn Renee Gould answered on Mar 20, 2019

No attorney can guarantee what a court will do. Custody involves many factors and it also depends upon what is testified to at trial by you, him, and witnesses, if there is a trial. Much more information would be needed to assess the probability of you getting court ordered physical and legal... Read more »

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Q: can childsupport be increased if child no longer lives with father, who had joint custody. (kicked child out his house)

child is now 15, was living between two households weekly due to joint custody agreement. Father was paying reduced child support due to joint custody. Father kicked child out his house and child has been living fulltime only (with mom) for over 6 months. Can child-support be re-evaluated and... Read more »

Dawn Renee Gould answered on Mar 18, 2019

Yes. You can file a motion to modify child support but be prepared to prove with evidence that the child is no longer staying the requisite overnights. As a cautionary measure, I would also file a motion to modify custody. The courts may very well not modify child support until the custody is... Read more »

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Q: MD vs VA

Ex-wife is attempting to register/modify the child support order in VA, which was issued in MD. I still live in MD. Can I contest the registration/modification process?

Dawn Renee Gould answered on Mar 13, 2019

She can register it another state to enforce, but that state will abide by MD law when modifying it. MD law controls.

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Q: My husband hasn't forced my daughter to finish school (homeschool) she's 19 and I'm still paying child support.

He says I have to pay while she is still being schooled? Is this true?

Dawn Renee Gould answered on Feb 27, 2019

Not true. If the child is 18 and still enrolled in school, then yes, but once the child turns 19 your obligation stops. HOWEVER, if you have a court order to pay, it does not stop automatically, you should file a motion to terminate child support based on the fact that she is 19. If you have an... Read more »

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Q: My ex- husband has sole and physical custody of my kid in MD. who is responsible for the child medical expenses ?

My ex- husband has sole and physical custody of my kid in MD. who is responsible for the child medical expenses ?

Sole legal and physical custody/ The custodial and non-custodial parent : Who is responsible for medical expenses ?My son is hospitalized and the insurance requires a co-pay, my... Read more »

Dawn Renee Gould answered on Feb 23, 2019

If a Judge didn't sign an Order, then you don't have an Order at all. If you signed an agreement with your ex, then whatever the agreement states, is what you need to abide by unless you file to strike the agreement. If you don't abide by it or even if he doesn't abide it, one or both of you can... Read more »

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Q: Default hearing for custody

Were scheduled for a default hearing for custody, visitation and support for my child. We had a private processing server serve him but he didn’t respond in the time frame (30 days). An order of default was granted and a default hearing is scheduled, what should I expect at this hearing.What... Read more »

Dawn Renee Gould answered on Feb 23, 2019

Typically, an Order of Default is granted in these types of scenarios but also the other parent may show up for the hearing, even though the other parent didn't file an Answer. Regardless, testimony will be taken a the hearing and the Judge will make a ruling based on the testimony and evidence.

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Q: In Maryland, can I obtain child support while pregnant or at least begin the process before the child is born?

I was a virgin at the time of conception, so paternity is not in question. My ex stopped communicating as soon as he learned I was pregnant, so I am hoping the courts can hold him accountable as soon as possible.

Mark Oakley answered on Jan 31, 2019

No. You must wait until after birth.

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Q: Can I file a complaint for custody and child support even if I was married at the time of conception and birth?

Nobody is listed as the father on the birth certificate. I didn’t file for “legal” separation. Husband lives out of state and no contact. Child is not my estranged husband’s baby.

Mark Oakley answered on Nov 17, 2018

You can always file to establish paternity, custody and child support against the biological father. It is possible to just file for child support by going to the Office of Child Support Enforcement in your county (or City of Baltimore), but you will need to have the name and current address of... Read more »

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Q: So I’m not understanding is child support determined by how much time the child spends with one parent?

I have a 12 year old who refuses to spend time with her father she is with me 100% of the time we have a home together which he is only on the deed. He left the home voluntarily I want to stay in my home so how does that work and what do I need to do in order to make that happen?

Mark Oakley answered on Nov 15, 2018

Without an agreement, the courts calculate the child support amount according to a guidelines chart, based upon the combined gross monthly income of both parents. That gross income number determined the amount of money it takes per month for parents at that income level to raise the child(ren)... Read more »

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Q: My daughter is 25 i just started making payments. Should the money continue to go to her mom or my daughter?

I didn’t make payments when she was younger but not that i have a good job they are taking the money. Her mother is now remarried and my daughter is on her own. Is there anyway i can have the papers switched so that my daughter receives the help instead?

Mark Oakley answered on Nov 8, 2018

The mother was the parent supporting your daughter all those years that your arrearage was accruing. That money belongs to her, not your daughter, to repay some part of the costs she incurred to make up for your failure to pay. She is the one out of pocket all those years, not your daughter.

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