Changes to the Maryland Child Support Guidelines as of October 1, 2020
The Child Support Guidelines are used by the Court to determine the amount of child support to award based on various factors. One of those factors is whether the custodial parent is determined to have sole custody or shared custody. As of October 1, 2020, the Child Support Guidelines changed in what is required for a custodial parent to have sole custody for child support purposes. Now, the Sole Custody Guidelines will only apply in cases where the non-custodial parent has the child less than 25% of the time, or less than 92 overnights per year. The Shared Custody Guidelines will be applicable in cases where the non-custodial parent has the child more than 30% of the time, or at least 110 overnights per year.
In cases where the non-custodial parent has the child more than 25%, or 92 overnights per year, but less than 30%, or 110 overnights per year, the Courts will use a formula, set forth in the statute, for determining the calculation of child support. The formula varies by each percentage of time, between 25% and 30% that the child spending overnights with the non-custodial parent. This new statute will only apply to cases filed on or after October 1, 2020.