ESTABLISHING PATERNITY: YOU ARE THE FATHER ?!
Founder/Owner THE FIRM, LLC
If you have just been served with court papers requesting child support and there is any doubt that you may not be the biological father of the child(ren) in question, you may want to request that paternity be established.
1. ESTABLISHING PATERNITY.
a. Prior to establishing child support you may request that paternity is confirmed/established. The Court will take you through the process to test the child and the parent to confirm there is a match by virtue of DNA.
b. Failure to request a paternity test in a child support matter and assuming the role (and taking on the responsibility) to support a child may hinder your efforts to deny paternity in the future. When in doubt…get tested.
2. IN THE EVENT CHILD SUPPORT IS CALCULATED.
a. Maryland Courts calculate child support by combining the gross (before taxes are withdrawn) income of both parents.
The child support calculation is pretty straightforward when both parents are employees and the combined gross income for the parents is not higher than $15,000.00. If one parent, or both of the parents are self-employed, the child support calculation may be a little bit more complicated as the Courts may have to decipher and “comb through” business related expense deduction(s), etc.
Also, if the combined gross incomes of the parents exceed $15,000.00, the Judge has more flexibility in considering other factors, as we have a child support figure that is known as an above guidelines combined gross income calculation.
b. Generally, child support is paid by the noncustodial parent to the parent who has the child(ren) the majority of the time (the custodial parent).
Child support may be paid directly to the receiving parent or may be withdrawn and sent to the receiving parent by way of wage withholding…administered by the Maryland Office of Child Support Enforcement.
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