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Statute Text

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Article - Family Law
§12–204.  
(a)    (1)   The basic child support obligation shall be determined in accordance with the schedule of basic child support obligations in subsection (e) of this section. The basic child support obligation shall be divided between the parents in proportion to their adjusted actual incomes.
(2)    (i)   If one or both parents have made a request for alimony or maintenance in the proceeding in which a child support award is sought, the court shall decide the issue and amount of alimony or maintenance before determining the child support obligation under these guidelines.
(ii)   If the court awards alimony or maintenance, the amount of alimony or maintenance awarded shall be considered actual income for the recipient of the alimony or maintenance and shall be subtracted from the income of the payor of the alimony or maintenance under § 12–201(c)(2) of this subtitle before the court determines the amount of a child support award.
(b)    (1)   Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, if a parent is voluntarily impoverished, child support may be calculated based on a determination of potential income.
(2)   A determination of potential income may not be made for a parent who:
(i)   is unable to work because of a physical or mental disability; or
(ii)   is caring for a child under the age of 2 years for whom the parents are jointly and severally responsible.
(c)   If a combined adjusted actual income amount falls between amounts shown in the schedule, the basic child support amount shall be extrapolated to the next higher amount.
(d)   If the combined adjusted actual income exceeds the highest level specified in the schedule in subsection (e) of this section, the court may use its discretion in setting the amount of child support.
(e)   Schedule of basic child support obligations:
Combined
Adjusted
Actual
Income


1
Child


2
Children


3
Children


4
Children


5
Children

6 or
More
Children
100–1200
$20 – $150 Per Month, Based
On Resources And Living
Expenses Of Obligor And Number
Of Children Due Support
1250
162
163
165
167
169
170
1300
195
197
199
202
204
206
1350
229
231
234
236
239
241
1400
262
265
268
271
274
277
1450
295
299
302
305
308
312
1500
310
330
334
338
341
345
1550
319
362
366
370
374
378
1600
327
394
398
402
407
411
1650
336
425
430
435
439
444
1700
344
457
462
467
472
477
1750
353
488
494
499
505
510
1800
361
520
526
532
537
543
1850
370
537
558
564
570
576
1900
378
550
590
596
603
609
1950
387
562
622
629
635
642
2000
395
574
654
661
668
675
2050
403
586
686
693
701
708
2100
412
598
706
726
733
741
2150
420
610
720
758
766
774
2200
428
622
734
790
799
807
2250
437
634
748
823
831
840
2300
445
646
761
851
864
873
2350
453
657
775
866
897
906
2400
462
669
789
882
930
939
2450
470
681
803
897
962
972
2500
478
693
817
913
995
1005
2550
486
705
831
928
1021
1039
2600
495
717
845
944
1038
1072
2650
503
729
859
959
1055
1105
2700
511
741
873
975
1072
1138
2750
520
753
886
990
1089
1171
2800
528
764
900
1006
1106
1202
2850
536
776
914
1021
1123
1221
2900
544
788
928
1037
1140
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800
942
1052
1157
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3000
561
812
956
1068
1175
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3050
570
825
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1084
1193
1297
3100
578
837
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1101
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587
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1111
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953
1123
1255
1380
1500
3650
665
964
1136
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1517
3700
673
974
1148
1282
1411
1533
3750
680
985
1160
1296
1426
1550
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687
995
1173
1310
1441
1567
3850
694
1006
1185
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1457
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702
1016
1198
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1600
3950
709
1027
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716
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1366
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4050
723
1048
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1379
1517
1649
4100
730
1057
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4150
737
1067
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4200
744
1076
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4250
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1086
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757
1095
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4350
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1105
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771
1114
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777
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1766
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791
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804
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1868
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832
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1732
1882
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838
1210
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1586
1745
1897
4950
845
1219
1431
1599
1758
1911
5000
852
1229
1442
1611
1772
1926
5050
859
1238
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1623
1785
1940
5100
865
1248
1464
1635
1799
1955
5150
872
1257
1475
1647
1812
1970
5200
878
1266
1485
1659
1825
1983
5250
885
1275
1495
1670
1837
1997
5300
891
1284
1505
1681
1850
2011
5350
897
1292
1515
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1862
2024
5400
903
1301
1526
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2038
5450
909
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5600
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2092
5650
934
1345
1576
1761
1937
2105
5700
940
1354
1586
1772
1949
2119
5750
946
1362
1597
1783
1962
2132
5800
952
1371
1607
1795
1974
2146
5850
958
1380
1617
1806
1987
2160
5900
964
1388
1627
1817
1999
2173
5950
970
1397
1637
1829
2012
2187
6000
976
1406
1647
1840
2024
2200
6050
983
1415
1658
1851
2037
2214
6100
989
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1918
2110
2294
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2307
6550
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1935
2128
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6600
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2134
2320
6650
1037
1489
1742
1945
2140
2326
6700
1040
1494
1747
1951
2146
2333
6750
1043
1498
1751
1956
2152
2339
6800
1047
1503
1756
1962
2158
2346
6850
1050
1507
1761
1967
2164
2352
6900
1053
1512
1766
1973
2170
2359
6950
1057
1517
1771
1978
2176
2365
7000
1060
1521
1776
1983
2182
2372
7050
1064
1526
1781
1989
2188
2378
7100
1067
1530
1785
1994
2194
2385
7150
1070
1535
1790
2000
2200
2391
7200
1074
1539
1795
2005
2206
2397
7250
1077
1544
1800
2010
2211
2404
7300
1080
1548
1804
2016
2217
2410
7350
1084
1552
1809
2021
2223
2416
7400
1087
1556
1814
2026
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1935
2162
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1945
2172
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9000
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1954
2182
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2609
9050
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1963
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1972
2203
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1708
1982
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1204
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1991
2224
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2659
9250
1210
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2234
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2671
9300
1216
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2009
2244
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2684
9350
1220
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2017
2253
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10100
1308
1861
2151
2397
2632
2856
10150
1314
1886
2176
2422
2657
2881
10200
1321
1911
2201
2447
2682
2906
10250
1327
1936
2226
2472
2707
2931
10300
1334
1955
2251
2497
2732
2956
10350
1340
1965
2276
2522
2757
2981
10400
1347
1974
2301
2547
2782
3006
10450
1353
1984
2326
2572
2807
3031
10500
1359
1993
2351
2597
2832
3056
10550
1366
2003
2376
2622
2857
3081
10600
1372
2012
2388
2647
2882
3106
10650
1379
2022
2399
2672
2907
3131
10700
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2031
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2819
3345
3746
4144
4523
14900
1929
2828
3357
3759
4158
4538
14950
1936
2838
3368
3772
4172
4554
15000
1942
2847
3379
3784
4186
4569
             
             
             
             
             
             
(f)   The adjusted basic child support obligation shall be determined by multiplying the basic child support obligation by one and one–half.
(g)    (1)   Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3) of this subsection, actual child care expenses incurred on behalf of a child due to employment or job search of either parent shall be added to the basic obligation and shall be divided between the parents in proportion to their adjusted actual incomes.
(2)   Child care expenses shall be:
(i)   determined by actual family experience, unless the court determines that the actual family experience is not in the best interest of the child; or
(ii)   if there is no actual family experience or if the court determines that actual family experience is not in the best interest of the child:
1.   the level required to provide quality care from a licensed source; or
2.   if the obligee chooses quality child care with an actual cost of an amount less than the level required to provide quality care from a licensed source, the actual cost of the child care expense.
(3)   Additional child care expenses may be considered if a child has special needs.
(h)    (1)   Any actual cost of providing health insurance coverage for a child for whom the parents are jointly and severally responsible shall be added to the basic child support obligation and shall be divided by the parents in proportion to their adjusted actual incomes.
(2)   Any extraordinary medical expenses incurred on behalf of a child shall be added to the basic child support obligation and shall be divided between the parents in proportion to their adjusted actual incomes.
(i)   By agreement of the parties or by order of court, the following expenses incurred on behalf of a child may be divided between the parents in proportion to their adjusted actual incomes:
(1)   any expenses for attending a special or private elementary or secondary school to meet the particular educational needs of the child; or
(2)   any expenses for transportation of the child between the homes of the parents.
(j)    (1)   Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, when a disability dependency benefit, a retirement dependency benefit, or other third party dependency benefit is paid to or for a child of an obligor who is disabled, retired, or is receiving benefits from any source as a result of a compensable claim, the amount of the compensation shall be set off against the child support obligation calculated using the guidelines.
(2)    (i)   If the amount paid to or for a child exceeds the current child support obligation calculated using the guidelines, the excess payment shall be credited to any existing child support arrearage that accrued after the effective date the benefits were awarded.
(ii)   The excess payment may not be credited to any future child support obligation.
(k)    (1)   Upon the expiration of a use and possession order or the expiration of the right to occupy the family home under a separation or property settlement agreement and upon motion of either party, the court shall review the child support award.
(2)   If the allocation of financial responsibility for the family home was a factor in departing from the guidelines under subsection (a) of this section, the court may modify the child support, if appropriate in all the circumstances, upon the expiration of the use and possession order or the expiration of the right to occupy the family home under a separation or property settlement agreement.
(l)    (1)   Except in cases of shared physical custody, each parent’s child support obligation shall be determined by adding each parent’s respective share of the basic child support obligation, work–related child care expenses, health insurance expenses, extraordinary medical expenses, and additional expenses under subsection (i) of this section.
(2)   The obligee shall be presumed to spend that parent’s total child support obligation directly on the child or children.
(3)   The obligor shall owe that parent’s total child support obligation as child support to the obligee minus any ordered payments included in the calculations made directly by the obligor on behalf of the child or children for work–related child care expenses, health insurance expenses, extraordinary medical expenses, or additional expenses under subsection (i) of this section.
(m)    (1)   In cases of shared physical custody, the adjusted basic child support obligation shall first be divided between the parents in proportion to their respective adjusted actual incomes.
(2)   Each parent’s share of the adjusted basic child support obligation shall then be multiplied by the percentage of time the child or children spend with the other parent to determine the theoretical basic child support obligation owed to the other parent.
(3)   Subject to the provisions of paragraphs (4) and (5) of this subsection, the parent owing the greater amount under paragraph (2) of this subsection shall owe the difference in the 2 amounts as child support.
(4)   In addition to the amount of the child support owed under paragraph (3) of this subsection, if either parent incurs child care expenses under subsection (g) of this section, health insurance expenses under subsection (h)(1) of this section, extraordinary medical expenses under subsection (h)(2) of this section, or additional expenses under subsection (i) of this section, the expense shall be divided between the parents in proportion to their respective adjusted actual incomes. The parent not incurring the expense shall pay that parent’s proportionate share to:
(i)   the parent making direct payments to the provider of the service; or
(ii)   the provider directly, if a court order requires direct payments to the provider.
(5)   The amount owed under paragraph (3) of this subsection may not exceed the amount that would be owed under subsection (l) of this section.