The child was born in January 2009. The custodial parent
closed the first case (filed in July 2009) because she told the Master at the pre-trial hearing that she no longer wanted to pursue child support from me. At the time, we had an agreement and I was paying her the agreed amount every month. Then the following year, in March 2010, she opened another case. However, she apparently was permitted to reopen the case that was closed by the MD child support office the previous year. We went to the pre-trial hearing and she told the master that she wanted them to include her pre-natal medical bills (they totalled over $8000) in my support order
. The bills were a lot of money because she kept going to the hospital for overnight stays because she was paranoid about the baby due to low amniotic fluid. The master said that I had to agree to that, but I refused. So we went to the hearing and that master told her that the pre-natal medical expenses are not included in child support orders and he told her that she could hire a private attorney for that.
Since she opted to do that, the state closed the case again. She hired an attorney and they were still referencing the 2009 case which was supposed to be closed. I went to a new hearing (this time at MD circuit court, because the child support case was closed) and the attorney requested calculation of arrears dating from the filing of the 2009 case. The master refused, and the attorney appealed the decision. An exception hearing was held with a circuit court judge and he ruled in their favor, and calculated arrears totalling over $9000 dating back to the filing date of the 2009 case that was supposed to be closed. The judge said that he was taking into consideration what was in the best interests of the child, and not what was more convenient for me financially.
So now, 2 years later, there is finally a child support court order established, and I am on record for being over $10,000 in arrears. The additional arrears increases my monthly support payment by $101.