The Calvert County State’s Attorney’s Office and Bureau of Support Enforcement are committed to utilize every resource at its disposal to assist those parents who are struggling to raise their children without the support from the absent parent. The Bureau of Support Enforcement locates absent parents and obtains financial support for their children.
For those absent parents who willfully refuse to pay support notwithstanding their ability to pay both offices seek all appropriate sanctions, including drivers license and jail sentences.
The Calvert County Child Support Enforcement Program consistently and successfully collects millions of dollars in financial support for the children each year. The Program has proven to be one of the most successful in Maryland.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is Eligible for This Program?
ALL families with children who are entitled to and in need of financial support from an absent parent are eligible for Child Support Enforcement services whether or not they receive Public Aid.
Where do I Apply?
Both Public Aid recipients and non-Public Aid recipients apply for Child Support Services.
Is There a Fee?
The fee for Child Support Enforcement Services can range from no fee to $25 maximum, depending upon the income of the custodial parent.
I Never Married the Father of the Child, Can You Help Me?
If no one has been declared the father of your child, the State’s Attorney’s Office may assist in establishing paternity
I Don’t Know where the Other Parent Resides, Can You Help Me?
The Bureau of Support Enforcement will use all available federal, state, and local resources in its attempt to locate an absent parent.
The Absent Parent Refuses to Pay, Can Anything Be Done?
If an absent parent is located and refuses to pay, the State’s Attorney’s Office and the Bureau of Support Enforcement can pursue certain legal remedies, including:
- Income withholding
- Property liens
- Credit Bureau reports
- Tax fund interception
- Non-wage garnishments, including bank account attachments
- Contempt proceedings, including jail sentences
- Suspension of drivers license
- Suspension of business licenses
What if There are No Existing Support Orders?
The State’s Attorney’s Office can take appropriate action to obtain a support order against an adjudicated father, parties who are married or separated, and parties who are divorced
What If I Need Help With Other Issues, Such as Custody, Visitation or a Property Settlement?
A Private attorney must be retained for these purposes. If you do not have an attorney, contact your local bar association referral service. You may also represent yourself and may contact the Clerk’s office to obtain the appropriate forms.
- Affirm that you are a resident of the State of Maryland and the legal custodian of the child(ren) in need of support.
- Authorize the State’s Attorney’s Office to use all sources of information legally available to conduct an investigation and determine any appropriate legal action.
- Assist by providing any information you may have which might be of use, such as a home address, phone number or known place of employment of the absent parent.
- Provide all necessary and pertinent information and appear for interviews and court appearances as necessary