Law Office of Kevin L. Beard, P.A.

Can I change my child support payments?

Just because a child support order has been issued or a divorce agreement specifically lays out child support arrangements, it does not mean that child support obligations cannot change. Indeed, there are a lot of situations in which child support payments could change following a court order or divorce agreement.

In Maryland, child support obligations are calculated by looking at both parents' combined adjusted actual incomes. Even if one of the parents is unemployed, he or she could still be responsible for paying child support based on his or her potential income determination. Once a child support order has been made, it will include money to cover child care expenses, medical expenses, health insurance coverage, travel expenses and educational expenses. Generally, parents will be required to pay child support until the child reaches the age of 18 or finishes high school -- whichever happens latest. Once the child is emancipated -- or when the child reaches the age of 19 -- child support will end.

Child support will remain the same following a divorce agreement or court order until one or the other parents petitions the court for a change. Suitable grounds for filing a petition to alter child support obligations could include a significant change in one or the other parents' income and/or economic circumstances. These changes might relate to the parents' income at work or employment status.

It is important for parents with changing economic circumstances to notify the court about their economic inability to meet their child support obligations immediately. This will help ensure that the parent does not get behind on his or her child support payments -- a violation that could have severe financial, criminal and child custody consequences.

Source: FindLaw, "Maryland Child Support Guidelines," accessed July 15, 2016

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

What Our Clients' Say

  • "From the very first time I met with Kevin, I felt that I had someone on my side that would fight for my daughter – just as hard as I would."

    – Kim H.
Read More
  • American Bar Association | Defending Liberty Pursuing Justice
  • Baltimore County Bar America 1921
  • Maryland Association for Justice
  • MSBA
Email Us For A Response

Contact The Law Office Of Kevin L. Beard, P.A. If you have a legal need, contact our firm. Initial consultations are free. We are happy to schedule evening and weekend appointments by request.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Law Office of Kevin L. Beard, P.A.
614 Old Edmondson Ave, Suite 101
Catonsville, MD 21228

Catonsville Law Office Map

Phone 410-929-7197
Toll Free 888-366-6439
Fax 410-744-3373