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Child Support Considerations in Maryland

shutterstock_129788240When parents divorce, each parent remains responsible for financially supporting the child. Consequently, child support is an essential part of the child custody case. However, support is not entirely based on custody.

Maryland has statutory child support guidelines which are presumptively correct. The guidelines take into account each party’s monthly gross income, the cost of work-related daycare, the cost of health insurance coverage for the child, extraordinary medical expenses, and the number of overnights each parent has the child. If the number of overnights is greater than 35% (128 overnights) then the calculation is one of shared physical custody. If the overnights are less than 35% (128 overnights) then the calculation is one of sole custody.

Many other factors may come into play when determining child support, but most cases are handled with the application of the guidelines.

Linda Sorg Ostovitz can work with you to ensure that your child support issues are properly handled.  Please contact Linda Sorg Ostovitz via email or telephone (301) 575-0381.


Linda 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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