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Where Can I File for Support in Maryland?
If both parties are Maryland residents, the Plaintiff (person seeking support) may file for child support or alimony in the county where the Defendant (intended payor of support) resides, carries on business, is employed or habitually engages in business.
In addition, in a divorce action, the Plaintiff may file for support in the county where the Plaintiff resides or, in a custody action, the Plaintiff may file for support in the county where either parent or child resides.
If the Defendant is not a Maryland resident, the Plaintiff can seek support in Maryland if:
Maryland law requires equitable distribution of property in a divorce. The court determines a fair award of property and debt. Unless the couple can reach a settlement, the court divides the marital property, pension, retirement, profit sharing or deferred-compensation plans. The court considers contributions of each party, the well being of the family, the property value, the economic circumstances of each spouse as well as current situations such as age, mental state, the duration of the marriage, and the interest each party has in the property.
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