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What Happens if Child Support is Not Paid in Maryland?
In Maryland, if child support is not paid, one can seek to establish or enforce the obligation by filing an action in the Circuit Court or with the Maryland Child Support Enforcement Agency – www.dhr.sailorsite.net/csea.
Once a child support Order is entered, the recipient parent is entitled to receive child support by Earnings Withholding Order (an order directing the obligor's employer to deduct child support from the obligor's earnings).
Support orders may also be enforced across state lines under the Maryland Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA). This Act allows the recipient parent to file for child support in Maryland and collect support from a non-resident obligor.
When child support arrearages accumulate through the Maryland Child Support Enforcement Agency, the Agency has certain administrative remedies to collect arrearages, including notifying authorities to intercept the obligor's tax refund or suspend the obligor's driver's license.
Maryland Family Law recognizes eight different grounds for divorce. Adultery, voluntary separation (for at least 12 months), imprisonment (with a sentence of at least three years and at least 12 months already served), and living separate and apart (for at least two years), are among some of the reasons. For the court to grant a divorce based upon any of these grounds, they must be proved in court through evidence and testimony.
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