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Legal Statutes: Maryland

UPDATED April 19, 2017

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Subtitle 2. Child Support Guidelines

back to top§ 12-204. Calculation of support

Basic child support obligation; division

(a)(1) The basic child support obligation shall be determined in accordance with the schedule of basic child support obligations in subsection (e) of this section. The basic child support obligation shall be divided between the parents in proportion to their adjusted actual incomes.

(2)(i) If one or both parents have made a request for alimony or maintenance in the proceeding in which a child support award is sought, the court shall decide the issue and amount of alimony or maintenance before determining the child support obligation under these guidelines.

(ii) If the court awards alimony or maintenance, the amount of alimony or maintenance awarded shall be considered actual income for the recipient of the alimony or maintenance and shall be subtracted from the income of the payor of the alimony or maintenance under § 12-201(c)(2) of this subtitle before the court determines the amount of a child support award.

Potential income

(b)(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, if a parent is voluntarily impoverished, child support may be calculated based on a determination of potential income.

(2) A determination of potential income may not be made for a parent who:

(i) is unable to work because of a physical or mental disability; or

(ii) is caring for a child under the age of 2 years for whom the parents are jointly and severally responsible.

Extrapolation of child support

(c) If a combined adjusted actual income amount falls between amounts shown in the schedule, the basic child support amount shall be extrapolated to the next higher amount.

High incomes; discretion of court

(d) If the combined adjusted actual income exceeds the highest level specified in the schedule in subsection (e) of this section, the court may use its discretion in setting the amount of child support.

Schedule

(e) Schedule of basic child support obligations:

Combined Adjusted Actual Income

1 Child

2 Children

3 Children

4 Children

5 Children

6 or More Children



100-1200

$20 - $150 Per Month, Based On Resources And Living Expenses Of Obligor And Number Of Children Due Support


1250

162

163

165

167

169

170
1300

195

197

199

202

204

206
1350

229

231

234

236

239

241
1400

262

265

268

271

274

277
1450

295

299

302

305

308

312
1500

310

330

334

338

341

345
1550

319

362

366

370

374

378
1600

327

394

398

402

407

411
1650

336

425

430

435

439

444
1700

344

457

462

467

472

477
1750

353

488

494

499

505

510
1800

361

520

526

532

537

543
1850

370

537

558

564

570

576
1900

378

550

590

596

603

609
1950

387

562

622

629

635

642
2000

395

574

654

661

668

675
2050

403

586

686

693

701

708
2100

412

598

706

726

733

741
2150

420

610

720

758

766

774
2200

428

622

734

790

799

807
2250

437

634

748

823

831

840
2300

445

646

761

851

864

873
2350

453

657

775

866

897

906
2400

462

669

789

882

930

939
2450

470

681

803

897

962

972
2500

478

693

817

913

995

1005
2550

486

705

831

928

1021

1039
2600

495

717

845

944

1038

1072
2650

503

729

859

959

1055

1105
2700

511

741

873

975

1072

1138
2750

520

753

886

990

1089

1171
2800

528

764

900

1006

1106

1202
2850

536

776

914

1021

1123

1221
2900

544

788

928

1037

1140

1240
2950

553

800

942

1052

1157

1258
3000

561

812

956

1068

1175

1277
3050

570

825

971

1084

1193

1297
3100

578

837

985

1101

1211

1316
3150

587

849

1000

1117

1229

1335
3200

595

861

1014

1133

1246

1355
3250

603

874

1029

1149

1264

1374
3300

612

886

1044

1166

1282

1394
3350

620

898

1058

1182

1300

1413
3400

629

911

1073

1198

1318

1433
3450

636

922

1086

1213

1334

1450
3500

644

932

1098

1227

1349

1467
3550

651

943

1111

1241

1365

1483
3600

658

953

1123

1255

1380

1500
3650

665

964

1136

1268

1395

1517
3700

673

974

1148

1282

1411

1533
3750

680

985

1160

1296

1426

1550
3800

687

995

1173

1310

1441

1567
3850

694

1006

1185

1324

1457

1583
3900

702

1016

1198

1338

1472

1600
3950

709

1027

1210

1352

1487

1617
4000

716

1037

1223

1366

1502

1633
4050

723

1048

1235

1379

1517

1649
4100

730

1057

1245

1391

1530

1663
4150

737

1067

1256

1403

1544

1678
4200

744

1076

1267

1416

1557

1693
4250

750

1086

1278

1428

1571

1707
4300

757

1095

1289

1440

1584

1722
4350

764

1105

1300

1452

1597

1736
4400

771

1114

1311

1464

1611

1751
4450

777

1124

1322

1477

1624

1766
4500

784

1133

1333

1489

1638

1780
4550

791

1143

1344

1501

1651

1795
4600

798

1152

1355

1513

1664

1809
4650

804

1162

1366

1525

1678

1824
4700

811

1172

1376

1538

1691

1838
4750

818

1181

1387

1550

1705

1853
4800

825

1191

1398

1562

1718

1868
4850

832

1200

1409

1574

1732

1882
4900

838

1210

1420

1586

1745

1897
4950

845

1219

1431

1599

1758

1911
5000

852

1229

1442

1611

1772

1926
5050

859

1238

1453

1623

1785

1940
5100

865

1248

1464

1635

1799

1955
5150

872

1257

1475

1647

1812

1970
5200

878

1266

1485

1659

1825

1983
5250

885

1275

1495

1670

1837

1997
5300

891

1284

1505

1681

1850

2011
5350

897

1292

1515

1693

1862

2024
5400

903

1301

1526

1704

1875

2038
5450

909

1310

1536

1715

1887

2051
5500

915

1319

1546

1727

1899

2065
5550

921

1327

1556

1738

1912

2078
5600

927

1336

1566

1749

1924

2092
5650

934

1345

1576

1761

1937

2105
5700

940

1354

1586

1772

1949

2119
5750

946

1362

1597

1783

1962

2132
5800

952

1371

1607

1795

1974

2146
5850

958

1380

1617

1806

1987

2160
5900

964

1388

1627

1817

1999

2173
5950

970

1397

1637

1829

2012

2187
6000

976

1406

1647

1840

2024

2200
6050

983

1415

1658

1851

2037

2214
6100

989

1423

1668

1863

2049

2227
6150

995

1432

1678

1874

2062

2241
6200

1001

1441

1688

1885

2074

2254
6250

1007

1450

1698

1897

2086

2268
6300

1013

1458

1708

1907

2098

2281
6350

1016

1462

1713

1913

2104

2287
6400

1020

1467

1717

1918

2110

2294
6450

1023

1471

1722

1924

2116

2300
6500

1026

1476

1727

1929

2122

2307
6550

1030

1480

1732

1935

2128

2313
6600

1033

1485

1737

1940

2134

2320
6650

1037

1489

1742

1945

2140

2326
6700

1040

1494

1747

1951

2146

2333
6750

1043

1498

1751

1956

2152

2339
6800

1047

1503

1756

1962

2158

2346
6850

1050

1507

1761

1967

2164

2352
6900

1053

1512

1766

1973

2170

2359
6950

1057

1517

1771

1978

2176

2365
7000

1060

1521

1776

1983

2182

2372
7050

1064

1526

1781

1989

2188

2378
7100

1067

1530

1785

1994

2194

2385
7150

1070

1535

1790

2000

2200

2391
7200

1074

1539

1795

2005

2206

2397
7250

1077

1544

1800

2010

2211

2404
7300

1080

1548

1804

2016

2217

2410
7350

1084

1552

1809

2021

2223

2416
7400

1087

1556

1814

2026

2228

2422
7450

1090

1560

1818

2031

2234

2428
7500

1092

1563

1820

2033

2237

2431
7550

1094

1565

1823

2036

2240

2435
7600

1096

1568

1826

2039

2243

2438
7650

1097

1570

1828

2042

2247

2442
7700

1099

1573

1831

2045

2250

2445
7750

1101

1575

1834

2048

2253

2449
7800

1103

1578

1836

2051

2256

2453
7850

1105

1580

1839

2054

2259

2456
7900

1107

1583

1842

2057

2263

2460
7950

1109

1586

1844

2060

2266

2463
8000

1111

1588

1847

2063

2269

2467
8050

1113

1591

1849

2066

2272

2470
8100

1115

1593

1852

2069

2276

2474
8150

1117

1596

1855

2072

2279

2477
8200

1119

1598

1857

2075

2282

2481
8250

1121

1601

1860

2078

2285

2484
8300

1123

1603

1863

2081

2289

2488
8350

1125

1606

1865

2084

2292

2491
8400

1127

1609

1868

2087

2296

2495
8450

1129

1612

1871

2090

2299

2499
8500

1132

1614

1874

2093

2303

2503
8550

1134

1617

1877

2097

2306

2507
8600

1136

1620

1880

2100

2310

2511
8650

1141

1628

1889

2110

2321

2523
8700

1147

1636

1898

2120

2332

2535
8750

1153

1644

1908

2131

2344

2548
8800

1159

1652

1917

2141

2355

2560
8850

1164

1660

1926

2151

2367

2572
8900

1170

1668

1935

2162

2378

2585
8950

1176

1676

1945

2172

2389

2597
9000

1181

1684

1954

2182

2401

2609
9050

1187

1692

1963

2193

2412

2622
9100

1193

1700

1972

2203

2423

2634
9150

1199

1708

1982

2213

2435

2647
9200

1204

1716

1991

2224

2446

2659
9250

1210

1724

2000

2234

2457

2671
9300

1216

1732

2009

2244

2469

2684
9350

1220

1739

2017

2253

2478

2694
9400

1224

1744

2023

2260

2486

2702
9450

1228

1750

2030

2267

2494

2711
9500

1232

1756

2036

2275

2502

2720
9550

1236

1761

2043

2282

2510

2728
9600

1240

1767

2049

2289

2518

2737
9650

1244

1772

2056

2296

2526

2746
9700

1248

1778

2062

2304

2534

2754
9750

1252

1784

2069

2311

2542

2763
9800

1255

1789

2075

2318

2550

2772
9850

1259

1795

2082

2325

2558

2780
9900

1263

1800

2088

2333

2566

2789
9950

1267

1806

2095

2340

2574

2798
10000

1271

1811

2101

2347

2582

2806
10050

1301

1836

2126

2372

2607

2831
10100

1308

1861

2151

2397

2632

2856
10150

1314

1886

2176

2422

2657

2881
10200

1321

1911

2201

2447

2682

2906
10250

1327

1936

2226

2472

2707

2931
10300

1334

1955

2251

2497

2732

2956
10350

1340

1965

2276

2522

2757

2981
10400

1347

1974

2301

2547

2782

3006
10450

1353

1984

2326

2572

2807

3031
10500

1359

1993

2351

2597

2832

3056
10550

1366

2003

2376

2622

2857

3081
10600

1372

2012

2388

2647

2882

3106
10650

1379

2022

2399

2672

2907

3131
10700

1385

2031

2410

2697

2932

3156
10750

1392

2041

2422

2712

2957

3181
10800

1398

2050

2433

2725

2982

3206
10850

1405

2060

2444

2737

3007

3231
10900

1411

2069

2455

2750

3032

3256
10950

1418

2079

2467

2762

3056

3281
11000

1424

2088

2478

2775

3070

3306
11050

1431

2097

2489

2788

3083

3331
11100

1437

2107

2501

2800

3097

3356
11150

1444

2116

2512

2813

3111

3381
11200

1450

2126

2523

2825

3125

3406
11250

1457

2135

2534

2838

3139

3427
11300

1463

2145

2546

2851

3153

3442
11350

1470

2154

2557

2863

3167

3457
11400

1476

2164

2568

2876

3181

3472
11450

1482

2173

2579

2889

3195

3488
11500

1489

2183

2591

2901

3209

3503
11550

1495

2192

2602

2914

3223

3518
11600

1502

2202

2613

2926

3237

3533
11650

1508

2211

2624

2939

3251

3548
11700

1515

2221

2636

2952

3265

3564
11750

1521

2230

2647

2964

3279

3579
11800

1528

2240

2658

2977

3293

3594
11850

1534

2249

2669

2989

3307

3609
11900

1541

2259

2681

3002

3321

3625
11950

1547

2268

2692

3015

3335

3640
12000

1554

2278

2703

3027

3349

3655
12050

1560

2287

2715

3040

3363

3670
12100

1567

2297

2726

3053

3376

3685
12150

1573

2306

2737

3065

3390

3701
12200

1580

2316

2748

3078

3404

3716
12250

1586

2325

2760

3090

3418

3731
12300

1593

2335

2771

3103

3432

3746
12350

1599

2344

2782

3116

3446

3762
12400

1605

2354

2793

3128

3460

3777
12450

1612

2363

2805

3141

3474

3792
12500

1618

2373

2816

3153

3488

3807
12550

1625

2382

2827

3166

3502

3823
12600

1631

2392

2838

3179

3516

3838
12650

1638

2401

2850

3191

3530

3853
12700

1644

2411

2861

3204

3544

3868
12750

1651

2420

2872

3217

3558

3883
12800

1657

2430

2883

3229

3572

3899
12850

1664

2439

2895

3242

3586

3914
12900

1670

2449

2906

3254

3600

3929
12950

1677

2458

2917

3267

3614

3944
13000

1683

2468

2929

3280

3628

3960
13050

1690

2477

2940

3292

3642

3975
13100

1696

2487

2951

3305

3655

3990
13150

1703

2496

2962

3317

3669

4005
13200

1709

2506

2974

3330

3683

4021
13250

1716

2515

2985

3343

3697

4036
13300

1722

2525

2996

3355

3711

4051
13350

1728

2534

3007

3368

3725

4066
13400

1735

2544

3019

3380

3739

4081
13450

1741

2553

3030

3393

3753

4097
13500

1748

2563

3041

3406

3767

4112
13550

1754

2572

3052

3418

3781

4127
13600

1761

2582

3064

3431

3795

4142
13650

1767

2591

3075

3444

3809

4158
13700

1774

2601

3086

3456

3823

4173
13750

1780

2610

3098

3469

3837

4188
13800

1787

2619

3109

3481

3851

4203
13850

1793

2629

3120

3494

3865

4219
13900

1800

2638

3131

3507

3879

4234
13950

1806

2648

3143

3519

3893

4249
14000

1813

2657

3154

3532

3907

4264
14050

1819

2667

3165

3544

3921

4279
14100

1826

2676

3176

3557

3935

4295
14150

1832

2686

3188

3570

3948

4310
14200

1839

2695

3199

3582

3962

4325
14250

1845

2705

3210

3595

3976

4340
14300

1851

2714

3221

3608

3990

4356
14350

1858

2724

3233

3620

4004

4371
14400

1864

2733

3244

3633

4018

4386
14450

1871

2743

3255

3645

4032

4401
14500

1877

2752

3266

3658

4046

4416
14550

1884

2762

3278

3671

4060

4432
14600

1890

2771

3289

3683

4074

4447
14650

1897

2781

3300

3696

4088

4462
14700

1903

2790

3312

3708

4102

4477
14750

1910

2800

3323

3721

4116

4493
14800

1916

2809

3334

3734

4130

4508
14850

1923

2819

3345

3746

4144

4523
14900

1929

2828

3357

3759

4158

4538
14950

1936

2838

3368

3772

4172

4554
15000

1942

2847

3379

3784

4186

4569

Adjusted basic child support obligation

(f) The adjusted basic child support obligation shall be determined by multiplying the basic child support obligation by one and one-half.

Child care expenses

(g)(1) Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3) of this subsection, actual child care expenses incurred on behalf of a child due to employment or job search of either parent shall be added to the basic obligation and shall be divided between the parents in proportion to their adjusted actual incomes.

(2) Child care expenses shall be:

(i) determined by actual family experience, unless the court determines that the actual family experience is not in the best interest of the child; or

(ii) if there is no actual family experience or if the court determines that actual family experience is not in the best interest of the child:

1. the level required to provide quality care from a licensed source; or

2. if the obligee chooses quality child care with an actual cost of an amount less than the level required to provide quality care from a licensed source, the actual cost of the child care expense.

(3) Additional child care expenses may be considered if a child has special needs.

Extraordinary medical expenses

(h)(1) Any actual cost of providing health insurance coverage for a child for whom the parents are jointly and severally responsible shall be added to the basic child support obligation and shall be divided by the parents in proportion to their adjusted actual incomes.

(2) Any extraordinary medical expenses incurred on behalf of a child shall be added to the basic child support obligation and shall be divided between the parents in proportion to their adjusted actual incomes.

Particular educational needs; transportation expenses

(i) By agreement of the parties or by order of court, the following expenses incurred on behalf of a child may be divided between the parents in proportion to their adjusted actual incomes:

(1) any expenses for attending a special or private elementary or secondary school to meet the particular educational needs of the child; or

(2) any expenses for transportation of the child between the homes of the parents.

Dependent benefits

(j)(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, when a disability dependency benefit, a retirement dependency benefit, or other third party dependency benefit is paid to or for a child of an obligor who is disabled, retired, or is receiving benefits from any source as a result of a compensable claim, the amount of the compensation shall be set off against the child support obligation calculated using the guidelines.

(2)(i) If the amount paid to or for a child exceeds the current child support obligation calculated using the guidelines, the excess payment shall be credited to any existing child support arrearage that accrued after the effective date the benefits were awarded.

(ii) The excess payment may not be credited to any future child support obligation.

Review; expiration of use and possession order; expiration of right to occupy family home

(k)(1) Upon the expiration of a use and possession order or the expiration of the right to occupy the family home under a separation or property settlement agreement and upon motion of either party, the court shall review the child support award.

(2) If the allocation of financial responsibility for the family home was a factor in departing from the guidelines under subsection (a) of this section, the court may modify the child support, if appropriate in all the circumstances, upon the expiration of the use and possession order or the expiration of the right to occupy the family home under a separation or property settlement agreement.

Parent's share of child support obligation; generally

(l)(1) Except in cases of shared physical custody, each parent's child support obligation shall be determined by adding each parent's respective share of the basic child support obligation, work-related child care expenses, health insurance expenses, extraordinary medical expenses, and additional expenses under subsection (i) of this section.

(2) The obligee shall be presumed to spend that parent's total child support obligation directly on the child or children.

(3) The obligor shall owe that parent's total child support obligation as child support to the obligee minus any ordered payments included in the calculations made directly by the obligor on behalf of the child or children for work-related child care expenses, health insurance expenses, extraordinary medical expenses, or additional expenses under subsection (i) of this section.

Parent's share of child support obligation; shared physical custody

(m)(1) In cases of shared physical custody, the adjusted basic child support obligation shall first be divided between the parents in proportion to their respective adjusted actual incomes.

(2) Each parent's share of the adjusted basic child support obligation shall then be multiplied by the percentage of time the child or children spend with the other parent to determine the theoretical basic child support obligation owed to the other parent.

(3) Subject to the provisions of paragraphs (4) and (5) of this subsection, the parent owing the greater amount under paragraph (2) of this subsection shall owe the difference in the 2 amounts as child support.

(4) In addition to the amount of the child support owed under paragraph (3) of this subsection, if either parent incurs child care expenses under subsection (g) of this section, health insurance expenses under subsection (h)(1) of this section, extraordinary medical expenses under subsection (h)(2) of this section, or additional expenses under subsection (i) of this section, the expense shall be divided between the parents in proportion to their respective adjusted actual incomes. The parent not incurring the expense shall pay that parent's proportionate share to:

(i) the parent making direct payments to the provider of the service; or

(ii) the provider directly, if a court order requires direct payments to the provider.

(5) The amount owed under paragraph (3) of this subsection may not exceed the amount that would be owed under subsection (l) of this section.
Added by Acts 1989, c. 2, § 1, eff. Feb. 24, 1989. Amended by Acts 1990, c. 58, § 1, eff. April 10, 1990; Acts 1992, c. 22, § 1, eff. April 7, 1992; Acts 2004, c. 116, § 1, eff. July 1, 2004; Acts 2004, c. 491, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2004; Acts 2007, c. 35, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2007; Acts 2007, c. 36, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2007; Acts 2010, c. 262, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2010; Acts 2010, c. 263, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2010.