The last time child support levels were revised in Maryland was in 1988, but now state officials are saying it's time to increase them.
Officials from the department of human resources say the new proposal would bring payments more in line with today's costs.
In the plan the amount that most non-custodial parents pay would go up, while payments for the lowest-income families would decrease slightly. For the most part it would affect families with new cases.
Those who oversee the court-ordered child support collections have tried without success to update the guidelines. But they hope lawmakers will approve it in the upcoming legislative session in Annapolis.
Bill Redlin reports...