Blog Archive: November 2020

Posted on Fri, 2020-11-20 15:00 by Lindsay Parvis in Family Law, child support, Maryland

2021 will see 5 major changes to the child support guidelines, one of which will allow the Court to decline to award any child support if certain circumstances exist.  Child support law current through September 30, 2021 does not entitle a Court to decline to order child support.  These changes will be found in Family Law Article §12-202(b) and apply to cases filed on and after October 1, 2021*.


Circumstances under the new law allowing a no support order are:

Posted on Fri, 2020-11-20 14:52 by Lindsay Parvis in Family Law, child support, Maryland

2021 will see 5 major changes to the child support guidelines, one of which introduces new Maryland law on the self-support reserve for low income parents for cases filed on and after October 1, 2021*.


The self-support reserve recognizes that parents at the lowest income levels require a basic amount of money to live on before being able to pay child support.  The self-support reserve standardizes this calculation, while still allowing deviation in appropriate cases.

Posted on Fri, 2020-11-20 14:48 by Lindsay Parvis in Family Law, child support, Maryland

2021 will see 5 major changes to the child support guidelines, one of which concerns statutory updates to existing law on voluntary impoverishment and potential income.


Voluntary impoverishment basically means a parent choosing to be unemployed or underemployed (so, reduced his or her income) in order to avoid paying child support.  Starting October 1, 2021 for cases filed on and after that date*, Maryland will see changes to its child support definitions statute (Family Law Article §12-201) to:

Posted on Fri, 2020-11-20 14:43 by Lindsay Parvis in Family Law, child support, Maryland

October 1, 2020 saw updates to the law (Family Law Article §12-104.1) allowing suspension of child support when the payor (the person required to pay child support; also called “obligor”) is sentenced to incarceration for 180 consecutive calendar days or more.  This is a change from 18 consecutive months to 180 consecutive days.  This applies to cases filed on and after October 1, 2020.

Posted on Fri, 2020-11-20 14:40 by Lindsay Parvis in Family Law, child support, Maryland

The 2020 Session of the Maryland General Assembly saw several major developments to Maryland’s law on child support, some of which went into effect October 1, 2020 and the others going into effect October 1, 2021.


This series of articles discusses those changes and provides tips for parents and attorneys in child support negotiation, mediation, and litigation.


The series covers these changes in the law:

Posted on Tue, 2020-11-10 07:17 by Matthew J. Focht in Social Media, Evidence

This post is part of JGL’s continuing series of blog posts regarding the use of social media evidence in litigation. Here are some tips for using standard discovery tools to develop social media and smartphone evidence:


Interrogatories