How to Enforce Child Support Payments in Baltimore City

Child Support Payments How to Enforce Child Support Payments in Baltimore City

How to Enforce Child Support Payments in Baltimore City

Maryland is among other states that revised its child support laws in 2020 to meet new requirements set by the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE). These revisions were statewide, affecting child support in Baltimore City. Some of the more significant changes are intended to make child support policies more equitable for all parties.

For example, the amount of time each parent spends with their children now has an effect on how much the non-custodial parent pays in support. As a result, one or the other may have a right to request a change in the child support payment amount.

The process of coming to amicable terms when it comes to child support can be rather complicated. DoNotPay is dedicated to make it easier and rather bearable for both parents with the welfare of the child in mind.

Other Important Changes to Maryland's Child Support Guidelines

In Maryland, it is now obligatory for all non-custodial parents to pay custodial parents child support. Parents who are no longer married or otherwise in a cohabiting relationship must abide by certain requirements set forth in the law. They're not permitted to make child support agreements on their own.

In other words, child support isn't as much the right of the custodial parent as it is the right of the child. This is made evident on the Maryland Department of Human Service's website:

"Every child has a right to receive support from both parents even if the parents are separated, divorced, or never married. The Maryland Child Support Administration (CSA) works with both parents to provide the financial, medical, and emotional support their children need to grow and thrive. With your help and cooperation, we will work to make this process as straightforward as possible."

Other amendments to Maryland's Child Support Guidelines include the following:

  1. As of October 1, 2020, non-custodial parents who have their children at their homes overnight 110 or more "overnights" per year are now considered to have "shared physical custody."
  2. "Sole custody" guidelines only apply when the non-custodial parents spend less than 92 overnights per year with their children.
  3. The revision has established a particular formula for calculating child support for non-custodial parents who spend more than 92 overnights but less than 110 overnights per year with their children.

Paying Child Support Is Important for Society as a Whole

It's common knowledge that the child welfare system in the United States is in dire need of a massive overhaul. When and how that will ever happen is anyone's best guess. But one thing is for sure: enough is not being done to protect the future of this country.

For children raised in single-parent homes in the U.S., their fight is a lot tougher than for those living with both parents. Compounding the issue, a significant number of non-custodial parents are barely in the picture, if at all. According to the National Center for Fathering (NCF), an estimated 24.7 million children (33%) grow up without their biological fathers. And compared to the mid-1900s when only 9% of all Americans grew up with only one parent, that proportion had risen to almost 21% in 2012.

Unfortunately, the trends haven't gotten any better, especially as the U.S. population grows larger at a faster rate. At the heart of this issue is a disproportionate number of single mothers forced to be the sole provider while foregoing nurturing their children. As a result, not only do these children have an absent father but a part-time mother as well.

How to Obtain Past Due Maryland Child Support or Recalculate the Amount on Your Own

If you would like to pursue past-due Baltimore child support or recalculate the amount on your own, do the following:

  • Visit the Maryland DHS website.
  • Navigate to the "Child Support Services" page.
  • Click on the "Estimator" button to recalculate the payment.
  • For other child support-related issues, you will have to contact Maryland DHS in person at 311 West Saratoga Street, Baltimore, or by phone at 1-800-332-6347.

Child Support Guides According to Each State

The difference of child support rules and regulations in every US State can make it confusing and exasperating to deal with. You can defer to the reference below from DoNotPay for child support guides in each state:

DelawareMinnesotaWyoming
HawaiiMissouriConnecticut
South CarolinaKansasNorth Dakota
AlaskaLouisianaMontana
Rhode IslandNebraskaMississippi
New MexicoOhioArkansas
New HampshireNevadaArizona
AlabamaKentuckyWest Virginia
MichiganOregonVirginia
IdahoMassachusettsGeorgia
Washington StateColoradoIndiana
CaliforniaNew YorkNew Jersey
IowaTennesseePennsylvania
FloridaNorth CarolinaWisconsin
TexasIllinois

How to Get Child Support in Baltimore City With the Help of DoNotPay

Dealing with child support troubles is never a walk in the park. Either party has to handle a significant amount of stress and exhaustion before child support matters are completely straightened out.

As a legal expert, DoNotPay is dedicated to making the process as simple and stress-free for you.

  1. Search child support on DoNotPay and enter the details of the person who owes the payments.

     

  2. Tell us more about the payment schedule, including the amount and frequency of the payments, the last payment they made and number of missed payments, and how much they owe you in total.

     

  3. Confirm your contact information and select whether you want us to mail or email the letter on your behalf. Choose how you would like to receive the payment and verify your signature.

     

And that's it! DoNotPay will file the demand letter on your behalf. If you don't hear back or see the payment within 2 weeks of delivery, you can escalate the case to court. If you require further information on child support or want to help a friend or family member in another state, you may want to read more about the basics of Child Support Payment .

Why Use DoNotPay to Settle Child Support in Baltimore City

Child support issues must be dealt with carefully due to the legal implications one may encounter when it is not done right. Remember that ignorance of the law is never an excuse. If you are still hesitant, DoNotPay is here to guide you through. The app is dedicated to:

  • Make it easy for you. We have simplified the process as we deal with the harder parts of the procedure. Allow us to get the exhausting tasks off your hands so you can simply sit back and await results.
  • Speed things up. We know how dragging it can be and we can imagine how you just want to get done with it so all parties can move on with their lives. We get rid of the unnecessary steps so the process is quicker and less painful for you.
  • Guarantee success. We know you are after results and with our legal expertise, you can rest assured the best result is what you’ll receive.

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