Defending Maryland Child Support Cases, including URESA
Despite the fact that Maryland, like most states, has adopted child support guidelines, I have found, as a Howard County Family Law Attorney practicing throughout Maryland, that it makes sense to have a lawyer represent you in this important matter. The outcome of the child support hearing results in an obligation for many years. We cannot guarantee success, yet it can be cost effective to have an attorney review your case and discuss possible defenses.
In the most recent two cases that I handled, both resulted in dismissals. The first was a Uniform Reciprocal Support Act (URESA) case which was entirely dismissed. The second was a case where the hearing was dismissed and the Howard County Circuit Court judge directed the Department of Social Services here to notify the Department of Social Services in Minnesota that there was a pending case in Minnesota between the parents of the child. As a result of our research and gathering of information about its petitioner/plaintiff, we were able to present an argument which persuaded the court to take the action that it did. Your case may not have facts similar to the cases described above. Each case has elements and facts that are often unique and our strategy will be affected by your need and situation.
Here is where a lawyer can be of help in obtaining a reasonable result. A monthly savings of $35 per month over 60 months (5 years) can result in a savings of $2100. Savings in larger amounts may result in much larger benefits to the client.
When you meet with me, you should bring the following information:
- Both state and federal income tax returns for the past 3 years
- Pay stubs for the past 3 months.