Since 1990, Maryland law requires that the courts utilize mandatory guidelines to establish a child support order. Essentially, the “Maryland Child Support Guidelines” is a formula for calculating support based on the parents’ combined gross incomes. More specifically, the legislature created a table which specifies what is deemed to be the “proper” amount of child support to be paid, when the parents joint incomes are combined.
To compensate for certain expenses, the guidelines take into account the following:
- The cost of medical insurance for the care of the child;
- Other child support that the non-custodial parent is paying;
- Alimony that one of the parties is paying, or receiving.
- Any extraordinary medical expenses.
The support amount will vary as to if it is sole or joint custody arrangement. If the parties share custody, then the guidelines will be affected by the actual number of overnights that the child spends with the parent who does not enjoy primary physical custody