Helping North Carolina Parents Navigate Child Support
When a relationship ends between parents, their financial responsibility to their children does not. It is important to determine a fair child support award that meets the needs of the children. Spouses can agree upon this amount or a court can determine it. You may have questions about how the state calculates and enforces child support. Our team of attorneys at Gantt Family Law will assist you by negotiating and drafting a separation agreement or protecting your interests through litigation.
Understanding North Carolina Child Support Laws
North Carolina utilizes three child support guidelines that offer a support framework. These guidelines are based on the belief that both parents are responsible for caring for their minor children and based on the spouses’ custody arrangements. North Carolina calculates child support based on the following:
- The gross income of both parties
- Health insurance premiums paid by either party
- Work-related child care expenses
- Pre-existing child support obligations and responsibility for other children
- Extraordinary costs, including certain education, medical and transportation expenses
Every family has a different story and unique circumstances that can shape their child support needs. Review more detailed information on North Carolina child support guidelines resources page.
How Do I Pay Child Support?
Once spouses reach an agreement, child support payments come from the noncustodial parent’s paycheck and are given to the custodial parent. If this payment method feels unsuitable, our lawyers can help you seek a more workable fit.
How Long Do I Have To Pay Child Support?
Divorced parents usually must pay child support until the child becomes a legal adult at 18.
Child Support For Fathers
Fathers have equal responsibility when it comes to paying child support. However, their parental role often determines how they pay that child support. For example, if they are the custodial parent, they must contribute a certain amount of monthly money to support their child. If they are the noncustodial parent, they may have to pay a fixed monthly amount to the custodial parent. Spouses can renegotiate that amount when life circumstances change.
Seek Assistance From A Raleigh Child Support Lawyer
The lawyers at Gantt Family Law work with child support clients in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough and the surrounding areas. We handle child support enforcement issues, modifications of support, and initial support determinations. We work closely with our clients to understand their needs and obtain the most equitable result for their children. Contact one of our family law attorneys to discuss how we can assist you and your family. Call 919-518-9540 or visit our contact page to set up a consultation.
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