Md. Senate passes first update to child support guidelines in two decades
The Maryland Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved the first overhaul of child support guidelines in the state since 1989.
Under the legislation, which passed 43 to 2, the schedule used by courts to determine child support obligations would be updated to reflect more current economic realities. In some cases, noncustodial parents would pay significantly more each month than those with similar incomes do now.
"These guidelines have stayed fixed for 22 years," Frosh said. "They're too low."
"Have we really done enough work on this?" he asked his colleagues.
Maryland's current guidelines were enacted in 1989 in response to a federal mandate. The state is one of nine that has not updated its child support schedule since then, according to Maryland legislative analysts.
While Maryland ranks first in the nation in median income, the amount recommended for child support ranks 41st among all states and the District, according to legislative analysts.
Frosh's bill now moves to the House, where similar legislation has been introduced but not yet acted upon.
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