Maryland Child Support Laws

Maryland Child Support Enforcement Office aims to raise the standard of living for children by "enforcing their right to receive financial support from both of their parents.

This office assists families in the application for and collection of child support payments from parents who are not in the home. The child support enforcement can also help with locating the non-custodial parent, legally establishing paternity, obtaining a court order for child support and medical support, and reviewing and adjusting the amount of child support required in the court order.

Applying For Child Support

You can apply for child support services by visiting or contacting your local Child Support Enforcement Agency. You can locate your local child support enforcement by visiting the following website:

Along with your application, you will need to provide as much information as possible regarding your case, so that the enforcement officer can process your application quickly. Here are the things you will need:

  • Full Name
  • Birth Date
  • Social Security Number
  • Address
  • Child's Full Name
  • Copy of his or her birth certificate

and the full name, birth date, Social Security number, and employment information for the non-custodial parent. 

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If you are currently receiving Temporary Cash Assistance or Medical Assistance, child support services will be provided by your local Child Support Enforcement Agency free of charge. If you are not receiving any type of state assistance, you will need to complete an application for child support services with your local child support enforcement office and pay an application processing fee $25. This is a one-time fee and the only fee you should have to pay to this office to initiate your child support services.

Establishing Child Support and Medical Support
The enforcement office will provide several lawyers who will take your child support case to court, so there is no need to hire an attorney. The non-custodial parent will be ordered to pay child support if the case is successful.

The non-custodial parent may also be ordered to provide medical insurance for the child if it can be obtained through the job or any health insurance plan at an affordable rate. If the non-custodial parent provides no health coverage, and if they are employed, the child support office will send a copy of the child support orders to the non-custodial parent’s employer. The employer is requested to enroll the child/children in any health insurance program and to deduct the premium from the non-custodial parent’s pay.

Collecting Maryland Child Support
In Maryland, the most common method of child support payment is income withholding. This process allows the employer to deduct child support payments directly from the non-custodial parent's paycheck, and disburse them to the appropriate state office. Depending upon the status of your case, it may take anywhere from 24-48 hours for you to receive payment after it has been processed by the state.

Enforcing Maryland Child Support
Both federal and Maryland state law, allow for a variety of measures to be used in order to encourage the payment of child support. The CSE Office will use these measures to ensure payments:

  • Unemployment Confiscation
  • Credit Destroyed
  • Licenses Suspension 
  • Tax Return Confiscation
  • Reported to Collections
  • Court actions taken
  • Denial Drivers Licenses
  • Withhold Unemployment

These are just a few things that will be used to enforce child support.

Modifying a Court Order for Child Support or Medical Support
Either parent may periodically request a child support review whenever there has been a significant change in the status of your case. Financial, custody, and employment changes for either parent may be significant grounds to generate a child support review. A review may be requested to reduce or increase the amount of support.

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