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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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Child Support for Maryland on
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.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for Maryland on
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
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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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Domestic Violence for Maryland on
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
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
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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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Maryland on
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
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
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.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Family Law, Child Support and Civil Rights for Maryland on
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
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
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.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Tax Law for Maryland on
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
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.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Maryland on
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
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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