With High Incomes and Low Child Support Calculations, Maryland Legislature Considers Updating Its Two Decades Old Child Support Guidelines

Maryland last reviewed its child support amounts in 1988, twenty-two years ago.

Expenses of childrearing have risen substantially since then.

The state legislature is now considering a bill that would update child support calculations.

The proposed legislation has its political opponents though.

Maryland is one of only nine states that has not re-evaluated its child support figures since the federal government first required uniform guidelines.

Maryland leads the nation in median income.

Yet Maryland trails forty states in child support amounts.

Imagine not getting even a cost of living pay raise for twenty-two years.

Not so good for Maryland’s children.

Read more in this Washington Post editorial: Md. is behind the times and the cost of living on child support.