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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.  This support can be agreed upon by parties or determined by the court.  You may have questions about how child support will be calculated or how a support order can be enforced.  Our team at Gantt Family Law will assist you by negotiating and drafting a Separation Agreement or protecting your interests through litigation. 



North Carolina utilizes three sets of child support guidelines, which provide a framework for support.  These guidelines are based on the belief that both parents are responsible for the support of their minor children and are based on the physical custody arrangement of the children.  Child support is calculated 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 expenses, including certain expenses for education, medical needs, or transportation.


There are three sets of guidelines used in North Carolina, based on the custodial arrangement of the family:


  • Worksheet A is used when one parent has primary physical custody, meaning the child lives with that parent for at least 243 nights during the year.

  • Worksheet B is used when each parent has the child living with them for at least 123 nights per year and is financially responsible for all of the child’s expenses during his or her parenting time.

  • Worksheet C is used when one parent has primary custody of at least one of the children for whom support is being determined and the other parent has primary custody of the other child or children.


The attorneys 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 particular 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. 

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