A sweeping package of bills being considered by the General Assembly would change how child support payments are determined by Maryland courts.
The legislation would affect “hundreds of thousands” of people who depend on the child support system when parents split up and must reach agreements on custody, visitation and how to split the costs of the children they share, House Majority Leader Del. Kathleen Dumais said.
Among the proposals, courts could consider whether a parent has an ability to earn a paycheck and makes enough money to live on when writing child support orders. The bills also would update a formula to determine how much a separated parent pays to reflect how much it costs to raise a child.
The handful of bills, heard this week by House and Senate committees that are expected to vote in the coming days, were recommended by a work group made up of child advocates, family law attorneys and public stakeholders.