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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Maryland on
Q: Which percentage of the extraordinary medical expenses do I pay since my child support order has recently changed?

I was paying 73% of the extraordinary medical expenses for my kids. On 2 November it was lowered by the court to 54%. My ex sent me a bill on 5 November for September and October medical expenses and said I owed 73% since that was what the percentage was in September and October before it was... Read more »

Elizabeth Pugliese
Elizabeth Pugliese answered on Nov 21, 2020

73%. Look at this way, do you want to be the parent who argues over needed medical treatment for the child and who pays it? If you wind up paying more than you think you "should" focus on the fact your child needed care.

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Q: My exwife' sincome increased by $43K from the previous year. Do I have a case to have my child support revised?

Our original agreement was to review income every year and adjust but since she has had an increase of $43K from the previous year she does not believe that we should use last years income but a projection of what she will make.

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Nov 16, 2020

Of course you have a basis, as it is stated in the agreement you both negotiated, signed and bound yourselves to follow. Have a lawyer run the guidelines based on the new income figures, send a demand over to adjust the amount, and if there is a court order currently in effect setting forth the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Maryland on
Q: Does the father have the right to know the custodial parent address if they are paying child support?

Can the court force the mother to provide the address to where the children live?

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Oct 8, 2020

Without additional facts, it is difficult to answer this question. If there is an address shield in place or a protective order you may be able to restrict access to address. Please consult with an attorney to discuss.

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Q: Whats the next step?

I filed for a child support modification recently and the other parent just put in the written response to it.

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Oct 8, 2020

Wait for the court to contact you to set up a scheduling conference, which is a conference where you set up dates to get things done. It is advisable that you consult with an attorney to assess whether assistance of counsel is necessary.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Maryland on
Q: How can I get the father off of my daughters birth certificate if I can't find him.

My ex husband faked an at home paternity test when my daughter was 3. I never questioned it since it was a way to get him out of our lives. He's had no contact with my daughter since. Now my daughter is 13 and wants to know for sure that he is her father and to have him removed for her birth... Read more »

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Sep 21, 2020

You are looking for advice on a very complicated matter that requires the assistance of counsel. I highly suggest you reach out to counsel in your county/city to discuss your options. Counsel can provide several mechanisms for locating him that you may not have at your disposal. And your case is... Read more »

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Q: My daughter turned 18 last year but graduated HighSchool in June. The IWO hasn't been adjusted though.

I was under the impression from correspondence that this would be automatic. When I contacted OCS I was sent a mod document which is more than I thought was necessary. Every time I try to call their 800 number for AA county it's busy. Not sure what I should do, filling out a full financial... Read more »

Elizabeth Pugliese
Elizabeth Pugliese answered on Sep 21, 2020

It is not automatic. The court/ child support enforcement is not watching to see when a child turns 18 or graduates high school. You must file with the Court to terminate (modify) the support. It is only retroactive to the date of filing -- not the date of the child graduating high school so... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Maryland on
Q: how can I get custody without the other parent paying child support if we both agreed? Is it possible to get it to $0

We both don’t want each parent to pay support. But agreed on parent plan

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Sep 19, 2020

You can ask the court to set the child support where you and the other parent are generally charged with supporting the child(ren). You do have to be able to justify not paying support to each other though.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Maryland on
Q: My daughter just turned 18 08/28/20. Due to COVID she will not go to college this semester can she still receive suppor

She plans on attending school when i go on mydhr it’s looks like the case has been closed. Was I to contact someone to let them know she does plan to attend. She has applied but not ready to take that risk

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Sep 18, 2020

If you are referring to child support, that usually ends when the child graduates high school at 18/19 years old.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Support for Maryland on
Q: how can I get my driver's license renewal suspended by child support
Elizabeth Pugliese
Elizabeth Pugliese answered on Sep 15, 2020

I presume you are asking how to get your driver's license back after being suspended by child support enforcement. The easiest way is to make a payment on the child support owed. Pay the child support and continue to make payments to keep your license from being suspended again. If you... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Maryland on
Q: (MD) Child support filed on father not on birth certificate. Does the mom need to file for sole custody in family court?

Child support was filed with the state. The Mom was advised because paternity will now be legally established, sole custody should be filed with family court as well.

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Aug 18, 2020

Without knowing the exact facts of the case and all parties involved, if that is the advice that she received, then she should follow it. You are correct in that a paternity action must be filed. Once paternity is established, mom can file for child support and custody. Good luck!

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Q: How do you find out if child support goes up with new order for custody

I filed a motion for custody for schooling an had mentioned about child support in the motion went to trial got the new order of there recommendation but it don't mention anything about child support an its been the same amount for almost 5yrs even with reasonable parenting time but now... Read more »

Elizabeth Pugliese
Elizabeth Pugliese answered on Aug 16, 2020

If it is not in the Order, it did not change. The order contains everything that changed. For child support to change, you have to present evidence at trial about why the child support has to change and the amount of the expense that causes the changed. It is not just asking for it to change... Read more »

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Q: What do I do if my child support arrears are paid off, but it's not reflected?

My taxes were applied to my child support arrears this year, as was my stimulus check of $2200. After those payments my arrears should have been paid off, but it's not showing up. I spoke with someone and only my state taxes have cleared, even though I filed my taxes at the end of January.... Read more »

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Aug 8, 2020

You should contact the Office of Child Support Enforcement in your County/City as soon as possible. Please keep in mind that things are a bit slow because of COVID so there may be limited staffing.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Support, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Maryland on
Q: Questions lawyer asked for

questions

Have you parenting classes

Have you completed anger management classes

Are you enrolled in substance class

Are you working how can n you provide for child

What are your daycare plans

Who can help you in case of emergency with child

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Aug 6, 2020

These are discovery questions. They will help the attorney prepare their case. You should not ignore them simply because you do not understand them. If you fail to respond, the other attorney may file sanctions against you and ask the court to prevent you from entering evidence to prove your case... Read more »

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Q: If a father of a child isn’t on the birth certificate in Maryland does he by law have to pay child support ?

Long story short the mother of the child didn’t know who the father was when she was pregnant and gave birth. She now has my significant other on child support and Denise him his rights to see his son. In a way it looks as if she doesn’t want the father to be part of the child’s life. She... Read more »

Elizabeth Pugliese
Elizabeth Pugliese answered on Jul 31, 2020

Whether or not he is on the birth certificate is irrelevant to his obligation to pay child support. If the child is his, he is legally obligated to support the child. If he would like a relationship with the child, he can file a custody matter where he asks for access. The mother cannot deny... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Maryland on
Q: Can I have a child support order if Dad does not work?

I filed for child support, but the Dad does not work and there is no custody order in place. Is it even worth it to file? I have heard rumors that I would have to pay Dad as I have a greater income.

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Jul 29, 2020

Yes, it is worth it. The court will impute income onto dad. That means that for calculation purposes, the court will calculate the guidelines as if he has a minimum wage job. Currently that is $11.00 depending on your county of residence. Some counties in MD have a higher minimum wage. So if you... Read more »

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Q: If im on child support do i get visition rights for my children?
Elizabeth Pugliese
Elizabeth Pugliese answered on Jul 26, 2020

Two separate things. If you want access and are not getting it, you must file for it. You are entitled to some form access whether or not you are paying child support. On the other hand, paying child support does not guarantee a certain level access.

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Q: daughter is 18 and her father denied me paying child support. She is going to college now can he still get me for it now

He denied child support in original custody case 8 years ago. But is now threatening to put me on child support.

Elizabeth Pugliese
Elizabeth Pugliese answered on Jul 25, 2020

In the State of Maryland child support ends when the child turns 18 or graduates high school whichever is later. It does not continue because the child is attending college. Nor can he file for back support in Maryland. Support is only from the date of filing for it, not before that.

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Q: Arrears were adjusted without my knowledge over $20,000 is that allowed in the state of MD
Diana Valle
Diana Valle answered on Jul 16, 2020

You should have been notified. There should have been a filing with notice served to you. I do not practice in your state so I recommend that you speak to a local attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Maryland on
Q: My stimulus check was took and the cps in wv say they have no proof it was taken..i have proof. And the mother recieved.

The daughter is 19 and I havnt seen her in bout 13 yrs.

Elizabeth Pugliese
Elizabeth Pugliese answered on Jul 9, 2020

If arrears are still owed despite the child being 19, your stimulus check can be seized just like your tax refund.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Maryland on
Q: Meaning of “it is further ordered that the matter of child support be resolved upon the filing of appropriate pleading”

My ex wife and I have a signed Judgment of Absolute Divorce and now she treating to take down for child support and maybe full custody. We have a ordered of joint legal custody now and the original question with other orders in affect. I just want to know if she can file to change anything 2yrs... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jul 6, 2020

The visitation schedule, child support, and legal custody can all be modified at any time upon one party filing a motion and supporting the change with evidence of a material change in circumstances from when the last court order was entered. If there was never a determination of the amount of... Read more »

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