It is not easy for unmarried parents or divorcing parents to secure appropriate child support orders. Under Maryland law, a number of child support guidelines are used to determine a parent's obligations, but it can be a difficult process to come up with a suitable arrangement or court order. Once an order is put into place, there are often problems with child support enforcement.
In 2011, the Maryland Department of Human Resources was faulted for its failure to collect child support for children in the state. At that time, an audit revealed that the agency was failing to collect child support from parents who were refusing to comply with orders. Since the audit became public, the agency has made strides in its child support collections efforts.