In Maryland both parents have a legal duty to support their child based on their ability to provide that support.

Child Support Calculator 

Maryland child support guidelines base child support on a proportion of each parent’s gross income.

The Department of Human Resources has a free child support calculator to help estimate the amount of child support a court may approve.


Legal Help 

The People’s Law Library of Maryland also provides a legal overview of child support law in Maryland.

If you need to change an order that is already in place, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service provides general information on this child support process.

To speak to an attorney about your situation, call the Family Law Hotline at 1-800-845-8550.

If you need a Pro Bono or low-cost attorney, you can find organizations that offer legal services in the 211 database. There may be income, geographic and case-type eligibility requirements.

For more information on these programs call 2-1-1.

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