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  • During the 2010 Legislative session the MD General Assembly voted to revise the current child support guidelines. These new guidelines went into effect on Oct 1, 2010.
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  • Frequently asked questions about child support in Maryland
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  • In Maryland, each county has established a child support enforcement agency that can assist in collecting child support.
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  • The law allows a larger amount of earnings to be garnished for child support or alimony than for ordinary debts.
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  • Both parents have a legal duty to support their child based to their ability to provide that support. Since 1990, Maryland has had child support guidelines in effect, which provide a formula for calculating child support based on a proportion of each parent's gross income.
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  • Changes can be made to the amount of child support ordered by a court. These modifications are usually based on a "changed circumstance" of one of custodial parents.
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  • Establishing paternity is the process of determining who is the legal father of a child.
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