Parents in Maryland and beyond are legally obligated to support their children financially. That is why child support is such an important issue in many divorce cases.

Maryland residents likely heard about a man in a nearby state who recently won $338 million in the Powerball lottery. The man said he planned to use the money that he won to help people in need. He may also buy himself a car. However, it appears that a portion of the money will be used to pay past due child support. According to reports, the man owes close to $30,000 in child support.

No matter what state people live in, children should be raised in stable homes and given every opportunity to succeed. In order for them to succeed, though, parents need to follow through on their child support obligations.

In Maryland, specific guidelines are used by the courts to determine whether or not child support will be granted and how much will be required to be paid. When one parent has failed to pay child support, steps can be taken to enforce child support orders.

In some instances, parents are unable to pay child support because of a change in their financial situation. In those cases, a modification may be granted. However, there are others that refuse to pay child support because they feel that child support orders were calculated unfairly. People in that situation should remember that their children are at the center of the dispute. In any case, seeking legal assistance would be wise.

Source: CNN, “Powerball winner wanted for child support,” Lorenzo Ferrigni, March 29, 2013

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