2016 Maryland Code
Family Law
Title 5 - Children
Subtitle 10 - Paternity Proceedings
Part III - Pleading, Process, and Practice
§ 5-1016. Voluntary support agreement

MD Fam L Code § 5-1016 (2016) What's This?

(a) Settlement proposals. --

(1) Before or after the filing of a complaint, the alleged father may propose a settlement concerning the child's support whether the alleged father admits or denies paternity.

(2) The proposed contribution may be in a lump sum, installments, or otherwise.

(b) Conditions for settlement. -- A settlement agreement shall be prepared, executed, and submitted to the court for approval if:

(1) the complainant agrees to accept the settlement;

(2) the State's Attorney is satisfied that the amount and terms of the settlement are fair and reasonable;

(3) the complainant has been advised properly regarding the contents of the settlement; and

(4) the complainant is competent to accept the settlement.

(c) Incorporation in order. -- If the court approves the settlement agreement, the terms of the agreement shall be incorporated in a court order.

(d) Effect of order. -- A court order incorporating a settlement agreement is as enforceable as any order that is passed after a hearing.

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