Fee Waivers

Fee Waiver Applications


Many of the services provided by the Family Services Office have a fee. These fees may be waived fully or partially waived in some instances. 

For eligible services, a party may file a Motion for Waiver of Family Services fees based on significantly limited income within 14 days of the Order date.

If the Court grants the Motions, Family Services shall pay a portion of the fee for each waiver approved. Please note that determination is based on a documented need and funds availability.

Instructions for Requesting a Waiver of Family Services Fees


If you are self-represented or are filing the motion yourself:
  • Fill out a Motion for Waiver of Family Services Fees Form and fill out the Affidavit portion of the form (pages 2,3,4.). Do not leave any blanks. 
  • Review checklist on page 5. Applications missing verification will not be processed.
  • Have the Affidavit portion notarized by a Notary Public.
  • Submit the Motion and the Affidavit to:
    • Family Services Coordinator
    • Circuit Court for Calvert County
    • 175 Main Street
    • Prince Frederick, MD 20678
  • Send a copy of the Motion and the Affidavit to the opposing party. See Certificate of Service on page 5.
If you are represented by an attorney and want your attorney to file your motion:
  • Fill out only the Affidavit portion of the Motion for Waiver of Family Services Fees Form (pages 2,3,4). Do not leave any blanks.
  • Have the Affidavit portion notarized by a Notary Public.
  • Give the notarized affidavit and supporting documentation to your attorney and request that he/she file a Motion for Waiver of Family Services Fees along with the Affidavit and supporting documentation.

Notification of Granted or Denied Motion


The court will send you a copy of the Order Regarding Family Services Fees on the Motion for Waiver of Family Services Fees indicating the granting or denial of your motion.

If the court denies the Motion for a Waiver of Family Services Fees, payment instruction will be stated in the order. All fees owed will be immediately due and payable to each service provider as instructed.

Fees owed to the court are payable through check or money order made out to the Calvert County Treasurer and should be mailed to:
  • Circuit Court for Calvert County
    Family Services Coordinator
    175 Main Street
    Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Failure to Pay Family Services Fees


If you fail to pay family services fees, your account will be referred to the Maryland State Central Collection Unit, and you will be charged an additional 17% service fee. Take note, that as long as the balance remains unpaid, you may not be able to renew your driver’s license, your tax returns may be intercepted, and you may face other difficulties.