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How Do Courts Calculate a Fair Child Support Amount? A divorce involving children adds emotional, practical and financial challenges to an already difficult process. Determining child custody leaves the non-custodial parent with a big question mark: how much will I need to pay in child support?

Child support payments provide for the normal expenses of raising a child -- including food, shelter, medical care, clothing and education. Special needs and day care are also part of the equation. Maryland courts use approved Child Support Guidelines to calculate all cases involving child support payments.

Are Calculations Under the Child Support Guidelines Final?

Maryland courts generally consider the amounts calculated under the Guidelines to be the correct amount. Parties to a divorce may find it difficult to convince a court they should pay less than the guideline amount. However, either parent can argue extenuating circumstances to show that in their case the amount is not fair.

Experienced counsel can make a difference when determining your child support obligations. The attorneys at Hoffman, Comfort, Offutt, Scott & Halstad, LLP have practiced family law in central Maryland since 1936. You can reach us by phone or online for help with your child support matter.

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Child support payments provide for the normal expenses of raising a child -- including food, shelter, medical care, clothing and education. Special needs and day care are also part of the equation. Maryland courts use approved Child Support Guidelines to calculate all cases involving child support payments.

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After a person dies (called the decedent) and leaves property for others, the process for distributing the property is called probate.  If the decedent had a will, then the probate process begins when anyone who has the Will files it along with several other items with the Register of Wills.

Although the probate process in Maryland is fairly straightforward, it can be complicated by several factors, such as disputes or jointly held property. Our experienced Carroll County attorneys can provide you with quality legal services in estate administration.

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The Boston Marathon tragedy serves as a reminder that while we can't control our destiny, we can take steps to prepare ourselves and loved ones for the worst.

Advance directives provide us with an opportunity to state our preferences for health care decisions in the event of our incapacity or pending death. It is a good idea to keep your Maryland Last Will and Testament, Living Trust, and Health Care Directive up to date.

Estate planning, while not pleasant to think about, is a necessary part of protecting your family. Everyone, even young people, should prepare these documents.  Carroll County wills, estates, trusts and elder law attorneys at the law firm of Hoffman, Comfort, Offutt, Scott & Halstad, LLP have years of experience and are ready to guide you through your planning process.

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Maryland law provides several grounds for divorce.  The following is a list and brief description of grounds for an absolute divorce:
1) Adultery
2) Desertion, if desertion continued for 12 consecutive months, was deliberate and final, and the parties have "no reasonable expectation of reconciliation"
3) Conviction of a crime in any state with a sentence to serve at least 3 years and the convicted spouse has already served 12 months before the filing for divorce
4) 12–month continuous separation when the parties have "lived separate and apart without cohabitation
5) Insanity  under specified conditions
6) Cruelty to the spouse or minor child, and the parties have "no reasonable expectation of reconciliation"
7) Excessively vicious conduct toward a spouse or minor child and the parties have "no reasonable expectation of reconciliation"

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The court maintains broad discretion to determine property distribution in a divorce. Here are the answers to frequently asked questions to help explain the process:

1) What is the difference between  non-marital property and marital property?
2) What factors does the court consider when dividing property?
3) Can the court change a property title?
4) How does the court divide marital property?
5) Will we be forced to sell our jointly-owned home?
6) Will I have to pay my spouse's debts?

Family law disputes take a financial and emotional toll on everyone involved. For experienced legal representatives who know the law and who fight for your interests, contact Rick Offutt, a Carroll County divorce attorney, at our office today.

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The law firm of Hoffman, Comfort, Offutt, Scott & Halstad, LLP was established in 1936, and has been providing clients with skilled legal counsel for more than 70 years. During this time, they have helped countless clients win their cases and achieve the desired results.

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If you have a situation involving a teenage driver that you need some guidance on, please feel free to contact our personal injury attorney.

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Our estate planning attorneys can offer suggestions and options that will make the process relatively simple, straightforward and painless.

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The most important thing for alimony seekers is to make the  claim for alimony before your divorce is finalized, since it cannot be obtained later.

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The most important thing to consider in making your choice is to find someone who is stable, financially responsible and who will fulfill their fiduciary duty to act with good faith, honesty and diligence.
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