Child Support Guidelines – Upper Limits on Combined Incomes

            Maryland recently revised its statute to increase the income limit of the child support guideline to combined monthly income of $15,000, and increase support payable at all income levels.  The Maryland guidelines do not explicitly apply to cases where combined monthly income exceeds $15,000, but Maryland case law suggests that it can be appropriate to determine child support in above guidelines cases by extrapolating at the marginal rate applicable at the highest guidelines bracket.  The most popular Maryland child support calculator, SASI-CALC, extrapolates in that way.

            The District of Columbia child support guidelines apply up to combined monthly income of $20,000.  The District’s guidelines do not apply presumptively to cases where the parent’s combined income exceeds $20,000 per month, but support cannot be less than it would be at $20,000 combined income.

            The Virginia statutory child support charts end at combined monthly income of $10,000 but the statute explicitly provides for the rate of child support on monthly incomes exceeding $10,000.  For example, total support for two children increases $5.10 for each $100 dollars of combined income between $10,000 and $20,000.  So no case is “above the guidelines” in Virginia.

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