Family Law

Family Law Questions? Ask a Family Lawyer Online.

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Family Law

If we have 50/50 custody and I (the wife) make more

Customer Question
As a resident of Maryland...
As a resident of Maryland, is there a dollar amount that both husband and wife should make in order to not be responsible for child support payments assuming shared custody (50/50) exists?
Submitted: 9 years ago.Category: Family Law
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Answered in 2 hours by:
2/1/2008
Family Lawyer: Attorney & Mediator, Lawyer replied 9 years ago
Attorney & Mediator
Category: Family Law
Satisfied Customers: 20,012
Experience: Attorney & Certified Mediator
Verified
No, there is no such dollar amount. In Maryland like all other states, each parent is responsible for paying child support. In some occasions having a 50/50 physical custody arrangement could result in no child support ONLY if the income of both parents is similar (there is no high wage earner). But even if the arrangements are 50/50 and income levels are the same, if one parent is considered the primary custodian of the child, the court can require the other parent to pay child support at the basic level depending on the income levels of both parents and especially the needs of the child.

Despite you being the high wage earner, does not mean that he would not be obligated to pay support. If you are considered the primary physical custodian of your children, then he will be obligated to pay some support base on his income level. If your ADD child is unable to take care of himself, it is possible that he would be paying support for the rest of this child's life and modification can be awarded when there is need for more financial assistance.

As to his spousal support. Spousal support is not an automatic award. In essence he would need to show that he cannot afford a living without your financial assistance. If he is working and can afford to live a decedent life, then most likely the court would not award him support. Of course this is something the judge would decide based on a case-by-case basis.



Don't forget to click Accept for my time and research, thank you.

Please accept my answer for the work I have provided you and to close this window. Thank you for using Just Answer.

Legal Disclaimer: The information given by me is for informational/research use only and you are paying me only for such information. The information contained herewith is not legal advice and by rendering such information there is no formation of an attorney-client relationship. I also do not claim to be licensed to practice in the state where this information is being provided. I strive to provide quality information, but I make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained in or linked herein and it’s associated sites. As law is always changing, you are advised to speak with the appropriate legal counsel for accurate information. Thank you.

Attorney & Mediator
Category: Family Law
Satisfied Customers: 20,012
Experience: Attorney & Certified Mediator
Verified
Attorney & Mediator and 87 other Family Law Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Ask Attorney & Mediator Your Own Question
Attorney & Mediator
Attorney & Mediator
Attorney & Mediator, Lawyer
Category: Family Law
Satisfied Customers: 20,012
20,012 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Attorney & Certified Mediator

Attorney & Mediator is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Not only did he answer my Michigan divorce question but was also able to help me out with it, too. I have since won my legal case on this matter and thank you so much for it.

LeeMichigan

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Ely

Ely

Counselor at Law

11,875 satisfied customers

Private practice with focus on family, criminal, PI, consumer protection, and business consultation.

LawTalk

LawTalk

Attorney and Counselor at Law

9,025 satisfied customers

30 years legal experience. I remain current in Family Law through regular continuing education.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Attorney

7,856 satisfied customers

I provide family and divorce law advice to my clients in my firm.

Tina

Tina

Lawyer

6,562 satisfied customers

JD, 17 years legal experience including family law

Barrister

Barrister

Lawyer

3,415 satisfied customers

Attorney with 17 years experience

P. Simmons

P. Simmons

Lawyer

3,398 satisfied customers

16 yrs. of experience including family law.

RobertJDFL

RobertJDFL

Lawyer

2,787 satisfied customers

Experienced in multiple areas of the law.

< Previous | Next >

Related Family Law Questions
What does "physical custody" mean in Florida law? Does it
What does "physical custody" mean in Florida law? Does it only mean the child is in their home without any court involvement (custody, etc.)?… read more
INFOLAWYER
INFOLAWYER
Partner
Doctoral Degree
56,303 satisfied customers
NY.....joint custody but physical custody with mom....dad in
Hello, NY.....joint custody but physical custody with mom....dad in VA. Mom decides to homeschool without telling dad, which he is failing. Dad called the school 3 months ago as the mom stated a psych… read more
Olivia Kent
Olivia Kent
Managing Partner
Doctoral Degree
1,969 satisfied customers
I just spoke to you regarding spousal support in Ohio. It's
I just spoke to you regarding spousal support in Ohio. It's asking for more money and I have a Me membership.… read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
30,888 satisfied customers
If someone does not pay child support and they are
If someone does not pay child support and they are remarried, and claim to be unemployed, but their spouse is employed, can child support be collected using their new spouse's income? This is in Flori… read more
LegalGems
LegalGems
Juris Doctorate
10,718 satisfied customers
My spousal support was lowered due ex husband couldn't
My spousal support was lowered due ex husband couldn't afford to pay. But now I found out he was married at the time and he didn't disclose it. Can I do something about it … read more
Sue
Sue
Juris Doctorate
244 satisfied customers
What is the age of discontinuing child support if in
what is the age of discontinuing child support if in college … read more
LegalKnowledge
LegalKnowledge
Juris Doctor
28,170 satisfied customers
I have a FL 435 for Spousal Support. I need to have my
I have a FL 435 for Spousal Support. I need to have my spousal support taking out of my ex husbands social security check. What do I need to do this? I am having trouble finding the correct informatio… read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
30,888 satisfied customers
This a child support question, I am paying child support an
This a child support question, I am paying child support an my child is graduating from high school May 2018 starting college August 2018 and plan on live on campus. My Ex who has physical custody is … read more
Nisha Jones, Esq.
Nisha Jones, Esq.
Juris Doctorate
1,811 satisfied customers
Spousal support in Maryland can be modified for a number of
Spousal support in Maryland can be modified for a number of factors including "substantial" increase or decrease in income. What is considered substantial?… read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
30,888 satisfied customers
How is one expected to pay spousal support when the family
How is one expected to pay spousal support when the family budget runs a deficit every month and the total income of the family is from SSDI and Veteran's Disability Compensation? Does the court expec… read more
P. Simmons
P. Simmons
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
3,398 satisfied customers
I was denied spousal support because I was convicted of
I was denied spousal support because I was convicted of domestic violence. I broke the telephone so she couldn't call the police during an argument we were having. The courts left it open to be determ… read more
Olivia Kent
Olivia Kent
Managing Partner
Doctoral Degree
1,969 satisfied customers
I filed a spousal support giving up my rights and now I
I filed a spousal support giving up my rights and now I don't want to give up my rights I wanted to do a cost of living raise. … read more
LegalGems
LegalGems
Juris Doctorate
10,718 satisfied customers
Im in California...have sole legal and physical custody of
Hello.....im in California...have sole legal and physical custody of child...father just got out of prison ..did a 5 year term ...immediatly wants ,visitation...what are his rights ..… read more
LegalKnowledge
LegalKnowledge
Juris Doctor
28,170 satisfied customers
I have a spousal support question, i have a judgment from
i have a judgment from back in 2011. i just found out that my ex is getting re-married so I was wondering if i just stop paying her or if i need to do something else … read more
socrateaser
socrateaser
1,031 satisfied customers
I need help with the enforcement of a spousal support
I need help with the enforcement of a spousal support agreement from Virginia. I live in tn the respondent lives in va...what court or state do I use to get this heard? … read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
30,888 satisfied customers
When does temporary spousal support end and spousal support
when does temporary spousal support end and spousal support begin. At my initial hearing I was ordered to pay $2000 per month of temporary spousal support. At the divorce hearing, the Judge ordered me… read more
lucy7368
lucy7368
Juris Doctor
763 satisfied customers
Need advice with child support spousal support separation
Need advice with child support spousal support separation divorce questions … read more
Expert James
Expert James
Doctoral Degree
11,710 satisfied customers
Can I get child support and spousal support from my spouse
Can I get child support and spousal support from my spouse once we divorce because he cheated and made a baby with this other woman and left the home? … read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
30,888 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x