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Q: I paid all of child support & child is now in late 20s. How long do I need to keep the records proving I paid?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Mar 29, 2020

While generally the statute of limitations is three years to sue for non-payment of a debt, with child support you are dealing with a court judgment or order, and in theory, the payee parent could attempt to enforce the child support award for up to 12 years (although the 12 year limitations really... Read more »

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Q: What steps do I take to terminate support after my son graduates in May?

Current on support for my 18 year old son (turned 18 Jan 2020). What steps do I take once he graduates from High School in May 2020? Does the High School provide graduation proof? Is there anything I have to submit?

Elizabeth Pugliese
Elizabeth Pugliese answered on Feb 24, 2020

You must file to terminate. The school is not tracking who has child support orders ending. Child support enforcement is not tracking who is turning 18 and/or graduating.

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Q: my child dropped out high school and obtained a ged. the child will be turning 18 in September. do I still pay support?

would the support payments stop automatically after the 18th birthday or do I notify child support in Maryland.

Elizabeth Pugliese
Elizabeth Pugliese answered on Feb 4, 2020

You must file to stop the child support, when the child turns 18 in September. No one is keeping track of the child's birthday at child support enforcement.

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Q: Filed for child support in md, father moved to PA to get out of paying. Signed agreement between both of usWhat can I do

Md will only send him papers in the mail (he keeps returning them) because of ‘jurisdiction’. We have an agreement (signed) to which he hasn’t stuck to at all regarding payments and weekends for him. What can I do to get this enforced and resolved?

Elizabeth Pugliese
Elizabeth Pugliese answered on Jan 7, 2020

You can file with the court to enforce the agreement yourself. You do not need child support enforcement to do it. Have him personally served. Then proceed with the court matter.

You should consult with an attorney about all of your options.

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Q: If the parent paying child support loses their job, are they allowed to just not pay child support?

My ex husband, is a month and a half behind in child support. He just now states to me that he lost his job at the beginning of the previous month and because of that, he does not need to pay me until 6 months later? Nor does he have to pay for those 6 months once he does get a job. Is this correct?

Elizabeth Pugliese
Elizabeth Pugliese answered on Jan 6, 2020

That is not correct. The child support is an order that remains in effect until changed in another order. the full amount of child support remains due. He must pay it. If he does not, he can lose his driver's license, and other things. There is no grace period for losing a job.... Read more »

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Q: Can I still get a modification hearing for a current child support order even if the other party refuse to come to court

I had to serve him restricted certified mail but he lies saying he's not home and won't sign

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Dec 24, 2019

So long as the court accepts that he has been properly served, the court can meter an order modifying support; however, child support is determined based on the incomes of the parties, as well as health insurance and daycare costs, and the burden of proving those dollar amounts is on the party... Read more »

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Q: Why do I have to pay child support to mother that is in jail. Maryland
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Dec 7, 2019

If there is a court order in effect, you must file a motion to modify child support and custody. Until the court changes its order, the original order remains in effect, and you can be found in contempt for disobeying it, as well as have the amounts owed under it enforced by way of judgment. If... Read more »

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Q: I pay child support in Maryland do I keep paying if he is still in high school? My decree states until age 18?

My decree says nothing about high school, I can’t find that verbiage anywhere it only states until 18 years of age. Thank you

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Nov 29, 2019

The law is, child support continues until the later of turning 18 or completion of high school, but not later than age 19. The child must be enrolled in high school for completion of high school to come into play. So, a child turning 18 during 12th grade continues to be subject to payment of child... Read more »

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Q: My arrears went up 21,000 in 1 month. Is that legal possible?

1 month ago I received a letter from child support offices notifying me that I was $1400 dollars in arrears. I knew my son turned 19 October 21st of this year so I paid the entire balance hoping that I would be done with this situation. Yesterday 3 days before my son turns 19 I received a letter... Read more »

Elizabeth Pugliese
Elizabeth Pugliese answered on Oct 19, 2019

You can ask for an accounting from Child Support Enforcement. Be aware that no one at Child Support is keeping track of birthdates. YOU must file to end the child support. it will not happen automatically. You will be expected to pay until it is terminated by court order.

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Q: I leave in MC MD & am custodian parent receiving child support. child turns 18; going to college can Dad pay tuition?

the child will be 18yrs and will drop off child support; how can I have Dad to assist with part of the tuition what are my options?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Aug 15, 2019

Unless he has voluntarily signed a written agreement that requires him to pay, a parent has no legal obligation to pay their adult child’s college expenses.

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Q: Am I still obligated to pay child support if my child graduates from high school at the age of 17? I live in MD.
Elizabeth Pugliese
Elizabeth Pugliese answered on Jul 29, 2019

Child support is until age 18 OR high school graduation -- whichever is later.

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Q: Does the State of MD take into consideration if noncustodial parent has custody of 3 children when doing support

He has custody of 3 children but also has 3 other children and that parent has filed for child support. Will they take in consideration that he has those 3 other children?

Dawn Renee Gould
Dawn Renee Gould answered on Jul 24, 2019

He can ask for a deviation based on who is living in household and the expenses, but those children he has custody of will not be considered in guidelines at all.

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Q: Money owed to me for child support was used by the enforcement agency to pay an economic assistence debt. Is that legal?

I am not aware that I have any economic assistance debt. I am owed $2591.69 and noticed there was a drop of about $1700 so its down to $891.69 but I have not received any payments. Last payment was in June.

Dawn Renee Gould
Dawn Renee Gould answered on Jul 18, 2019

You're only recourse is to talk to your agent at the enforcement agency, DSS, social services. Everyone is assigned an agent. If you don't get anywhere with that agent then ask to speak to the supervisor. If you don't get anywhere with the supervisor then ask to speak with the Director. Go there in... Read more »

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Q: Hello, if I’ve filed for emergency modification of custody and Im not Receiving child support will they address it?

if I’ve filed for emergency modification of custody as the custodial parent and Im not Receiving child support will they address it in the emergency hearing or do I need file a separate request for them to establish child support? I previously was paying it to the mom before Custody was... Read more »

Dawn Renee Gould
Dawn Renee Gould answered on Jul 14, 2019

You need to file to terminate the child support that you were paying to mom and you need to file to establish child support for mom to pay you. They will not address child support in a custody hearing unless you also filed for child support.

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Q: If a non custodial parent dies. Can I get child support court ordered from the spouse of the deceased non custodial?
Elizabeth Pugliese
Elizabeth Pugliese answered on Jul 12, 2019

Child support is between the parents. The spouse has no legal obligation to provide support to the child.

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Q: Exhusband owes back support $85K for 3 kids who graduated from college. He is working & has VA disablity. Can I collect

What do I need to do to get this back child support? I have expenses that I incurred to financially support our children for the past 20 years independently.

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jul 10, 2019

Consult a lawyer about this. It depends on when the child support order was entered, if the arrests or any part of the arrears was reduced to a monetary judgment, and how long it has been since the order and/or judgment has been entered. Generally, court orders for child support remain active... Read more »

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Q: I’ve been separated from my wife for over 8 years and I want to get a divorce.

I also want to adjust my child support since I’m making much less then I was when I was living in MD and when we filed the paperwork for the amount I would pay, back in 2013

Dawn Renee Gould
Dawn Renee Gould answered on Jul 8, 2019

If you want to get a divorce and modify your child support, then you must file for divorce and you must file a modification with the court. As there is not an actual question here, I am not sure what advice you are seeking regarding those issues. You may want to schedule a consult with an attorney.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support and Domestic Violence for Maryland on
Q: What proper/careful steps do I take to make sure an abusive parent/estranged husband is not given custody or visitation?

My children’s father/estranged husband abused me for 18 yrs. My bones have been broken, & I’ve been covered in lumps & bruises. His violent alcoholic abuse turned into countless death threats & he started threatening & physically abusing the boys & my disabled Mother. Which he admit to in... Read more »

Pawnee A. Davis
Pawnee A. Davis answered on Jul 4, 2019

Your situation needs a lawyer to ask you questions and get more information in order to advise you. So, please contact an attorney experienced in divorce and domestic violence.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Maryland on
Q: Is there a way that Me and my sister can move with my dad because my mom is rarely there to take care of us.

I’m 17 and have been asking my mom multiple times if I could go live with my father because she is constantly getting home late from work where she works from 8:00am - 4:30 but gets home at a lot of times 9pm or even sometime 12am at night. When she isn’t home always have to take care of my... Read more »

Elizabeth Pugliese
Elizabeth Pugliese answered on Jul 3, 2019

Your father can file to modify custody. He does not need your mother's permission to do so. Also in the state of Maryland, you can petition the court in your own right to modify YOUR custody. If your sister is under 16, she cannot do it herself.

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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
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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