Raising a child in a two-parent household can be challenging enough for most Maryland families. Being a single parent can be especially daunting. Trying to care for a child on a limited budget can result in financial challenges, especially if there is more than one child involved. Parents may wonder if they qualify to receive child support. The following information is for general purposes only, but if they are the custodial parent, then they may in many circumstances qualify for child support. That being said, there are some other child support guidelines that must be followed.
First, it must be established that one party is the custodial parent. A custodial parent is one who has primary custody of the child and is involved in his or her day-to-day care. Sometimes the role of custodial parent may be assumed, such as when one parent leaves the household and has no interest in supporting the child.