Maryland utilizes guidelines to calculate child support payments. These guidelines have been in effect since 1990. These guidelines have many years to mature and evolve. Therefore the courts often require the parties to comply with them.
This means that there is very little wiggle room to change or manipulate the numbers. The court will require the parties to collect and product income / financial information and run it through the formulas to determine fair payments. There is, of course, a lot of work to be done by you and your attorney but it is important to keep in mind that there are very few opportunities to deviate from the guidelines.