The current rules for child support in maryland, are based off the incomes of both parents to determine amount needed for the children. All of this is based on the current lifestyle of all parties involved. Under current laws every 3 years the support can be modified (generally goes up). So if the non custodial parent gets a better job to be able to become more financially responsible, then the custodial parent can ask for an increase, and generally will receive it. This is why most parents have a hard time in a divorced or divided home. My suggestion is to come up with a number during the intial child support decision that will not change unless there are proven extenuating medical circumstances. This would allow non custodial parents to be able to budget their bills including the child support. If they weren't making enough money to make ends meet then they would know that they needed a second job or further education to get a better job. If the custodial parent needs more money then they would be forced to do the same. This would make both parties better members of society. Non custodial parent would be providing for his or her child and the custodial parent wouldn't be relying on the system or anyone else other than themselves. I want our legislatures to seriously take a good look at the system overall and look at all options and parties involved, many non custodial parents are trying hard to make things right and are finding it more and more difficult to just survive let alone start a new family.