When a Maryland struggling single parent is unable to get timely child support payments from an ex, he or she may contact the local child support agency to seek wage garnishment. While this may work for some parents, many paying parents find ways to receive income without having wages garnished. They do this by becoming independent contractors, which means they are either paid cash for their services or as a 1099 employer, which means they are considered self-employed and therefore pay their own taxes. This is an issue that has no doubt affected many Maryland parents who rely on child support to get by.
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Many parents fail to pay child support because they believe the penalties are minor. Most of the time, they avoid jail because it's useless to imprison someone instead of allowing that person to make money by working. However, the stakes are higher if someone has a professional license - such as a doctor - and the state revokes it. That was what recently happened to a Maryland doctor after he racked up more than $100,000 in delinquent payments.
Maryland parents know that they must be able to financially support they have or they could face strict penalties from the court. In order to penalize those who do not pay child support payments as required, courts and child support agencies may garnish wages, intercept gambling winnings or even impose jail time. One Ohio man recently received an unusual punishment from the judge: no more children until he pays back the more than $96,000 that he already owes in child support.
Many couples in Maryland who have a child together have unequal incomes. While this is not often a problem while the couples are raising their children together, it can become a contentious issue when the parents separate or divorce. Both parents are expected to contribute to the expenses of raising a child and if one parent was contributing more than the other when the two parents lived together, it seems logical that that parent would make considerable child support payments for the child if he or she is not the primary custodial parent. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, however.
When our readers hear about a child support dispute, they probably think of a non-custodial parent paying late - or not at all. There can be many reasons that lead to issues with delinquent payments or failure to pay child support, especially with the national economy still stuck in such a stagnant state of growth. However, as suggested in a recent article, issues with child support can be approached in a much more conciliatory manner if the parent who is to receive the child support payments maintains some flexibility in the process.