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.
The court will allow parties to abrogate the guidelines but only if the party can show that it would result in an unjust and inappropriate in their case. But this is a very rare result. Most courts require the parties to adhere to the guidelines.
If you are filing for divorce then you may want to consult with a lawyer that focuses their practice on family law and custody issues. You need an attorney that is well versed in these issues to ensure that you receive the best possible representation. Divorce will define your life for the next few years as it sets the stage for your assets, income and your time with your children. These are serious issues that should not be taken lightly. An attorney can ensure that your interests are adequately represented so that you are not taken advantage of.