Family Law

Child Support

How does a court determine the amount of child support?

States have child support guidelines that provide for a requisite degree of support that depends upon the income of the parent who must pay child support and the number of children. Under the Maryland child support guidelines, if a noncustodial parent (who has been ordered to pay child support) makes $5,000 a month and has one child, he or she must pay $670 a month in child support.

Many states’ child support guidelines are accessible on the Internet. For example, Tennessee’s rules are available at To learn more about child support guidelines, see the website


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