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Child Support and Your Divorce Attorney

When separating from your spouse, custody arrangements affect child support.mother-and-son

How does the custody arrangement affect child support? When a parent is awarded custody, the noncustodial parent is required to pay child support to the custodial parent. If shared physical custody is awarded, the amount of financial support is affected.

How does the court determine the amount of child support to be paid? Maryland has adopted and uses the Maryland Child Support Guidelines.  The guidelines take into account the parties’ gross incomes, the cost of health insurance coverage for the child, work related daycare, and extraordinary medical expenses for the child.  The resulting child support figure is presumptively correct.

Does gender play a role in determining which parent pays child support? No. Custody and the guidelines are determinative.

How long do child support payments last? In the state of Maryland, child support is paid until the child reaches the legal age of eighteen years. Payment may extend to 19 if the child is still in high school.

Can I withhold payment if my ex-spouse does not allow visitations? No. Visitation is a custody issue, not a child support or financial one. Both parents have an obligation to financially support the child.

Bear in mind, the court awards child support in the best interest of the minor child. Retaining an experienced attorney is the first step to ensuring your child is appropriately supported. Let Linda Sorg Ostovitz assist you with family law, divorce litigation, and child support issues. For more information, contact me at or telephone (301) 575-0381.




Linda OstovitzLinda Sorg Ostovitz is a family law attorney. Her legal experience spans more than 34 years. In this time, she has served as a leader, educator and advocate. Mrs. Ostovitz holds a prestigious fellowship in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Currently, she serves as President for the Business Women’s Network of Howard County, by which she was chosen Woman of Distinction for 2014. Mrs. Ostovitz represents clients in Howard, Anne Arundel, Carroll and Baltimore Counties. Her practice focuses exclusively on divorce litigation and mediation, child custody and access, child support, alimony, business valuation, as well as property and asset distribution. In addition to providing legal representation in court, Mrs. Ostovitz provides mediation services to help families come to a fair and legally-sound conclusion outside of the traditional court proceedings.


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