Parents in Maryland may sometimes find themselves confused about the topic of child support payments. This is often because there are multiple ways the payment arrangements could be set up. While having different types of child support cases can be confusing, they are necessary so that the government is able to be aware of the families that require additional financial assistance.
When Maryland parents divorce over money issues, those matters might follow them after the separation. This is particularly true if there are support payments involved. Such was the case for one couple who split up over career goals and finances.
Unfortunately, many noncustodial parents in Maryland fail to pay their mandatory child support obligations. That's why there are a number of systems that have been set up for child support enforcement in the workplace, including paycheck garnishments. Roughly 70 percent of all support payments are collected through an automatic payroll deduction.
More women in Maryland and across the U.S. are paying alimony and child support, according to a new survey of divorce lawyers. The survey was conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
Unpaid child support can be a major social and economic concern for federal and state government agencies in Maryland charged with the enforcement of child support orders. When parents fail to pay their mandated child support, the costs for essential needs for the children can be transferred to society as a whole, or in many cases, parents and children can suffer due to an inability to pay for important daily expenses like medical and dental care, extracurricular needs and educational costs. In order to cut down on the personal and society-wide costs of unpaid child support, enforcing existing orders is a priority across the country.
Maryland residents interested in celebrity gossip and child custody issues may be interested in following the latest new from Kevin Federline and Britney Spears. The pair appear headed back to court over money after Spears experienced a career resurgence. The pop star and her former backup dancer have been divorced for years but have two children together.
On Sept. 27, the ADP Research Institute released a study examining wage garnishments using anonymous data from 12 million workers throughout the country. Researchers found that around 7 percent of workers, or 1 in every 14, had their wages garnished for various reasons including tax debt and consumer loans. However, more than 70 percent of workers whose wages were garnished were men, and the vast majority of those men had their wages garnished because of nonpayment of child support. Some Maryland workers are likely among these employees.
Collecting child support can be an emotionally draining, and tedious process. If you have a court order and are still not getting the support you are owed, you are certainly not alone. It is estimated that less than half of parents with a current support order are actually collecting the full amount each month. But this does not mean that you should give up on your support obligation. In fact, the State of Maryland can pursue a variety of actions to enforce support orders. This post will highlight a few.