Charlotte Child Support Attorneys
Experienced Legal Support for North Carolina Parents
Every parent has an obligation to financially support his or her minor
child. This can become especially important when parents separate and
finances suffer. In some cases, divorcing parents may disagree on the
matter of child support. Other cases may hinge on the fact that the supporting
parent is delinquent or failing altogether on payments. Finally, when
changing financial or other circumstances impact this issue, modifications
to the existing court order may need to be requested.
If you are having child support problems as either the supported or supporting
parent, you should seek competent legal help. Rech Law, P.C. has focused
family law during our time in practice, which has given us the kind of experience
that can make a difference. Our Charlotte child support lawyers offer
legal support that is highly responsive and compassionate. We understand
the difficult nature of
divorce with its many emotional issues for parents and their children. That is
why we strive to make the legal process as smooth and painless as possible.
Contact Rech Law for a consultation by calling (704) 659-0007 or through our
online request form.
How North Carolina Child Support Is Determined
State guidelines determine child support based on the gross incomes of
both parents. These guidelines are used when the two parents combined
income does not exceed $300,000 per year (or $25,000 a month). If the
parties' combined income is greater than $300,000 per year, then the guidelines
will not apply and a judge will award child support based upon the reasonable
needs of the child and the parents’ ability to pay. Payments are
made to the custodial parent by the other spouse to support the child’s
needs in regards to health, education, and maintenance.
Additionally, in determining child support, courts consider:
- The standard of living enjoyed by the child and parents prior to divorce;
- Childcare and homemaker contributions of each parent;
- The parents’ earnings;
- The health conditions of the parents;
- The estates of both parents; and
- Any other facts particular to the case.
The gross incomes of the parents include income from any source, such as
employment or self-employment income, ownership of a business, retirement
or pension funds, rental property income, investment income, government
benefits, and more.
Other considerations factored into the state guidelines for calculating
child support include health insurance for the child, work-related childcare
costs, and extraordinary expenses. In some cases, the court may deviate
from state guidelines when they do not meet or would exceed a child’s
needs. In these instances, the court will consider what the guidelines
would calculate, what the child’s needs are, and why the calculated
amount by the guidelines would not be appropriate.
North Carolina Child Support Worksheet
In North Carolina, there are three worksheets used to calculate child support:
Worksheet A is used when one parent has primary physical
custody of a child and they spend more than 243 nights a year with one parent.
Worksheet B is for joint/shared custody. When using Worksheet B, you will need to
know the number of nights the child spends with each parent during the year.
Worksheet C is used when there is more than one child and custody of the children
is split between the parties. This happens when the mother has custody
of one child and the father has custody of the other.
Once you determine which worksheet is applicable to your case, you can
input your numbers into our
child support calculator to determine what the child support obligation will be. This should give
you an accurate idea of the child support you will owe or be owed in your case.
Can Child Support Be Modified?
Child support can be modified at any time. A party may make a motion to
the Court requesting the modification when there is a substantial change
in circumstance. Those changes might be related to the party’s income
or the child’s needs. The burden of proof is on the party requesting
the modification to show that a substantial change has occurred.
Capable Assistance from Our Charlotte Child Support Attorneys
If you are struggling with a child support matter, let one of our highly
qualified attorneys step in to help you resolve it. We are extremely adept
in handling this type of divorce issue. We will listen closely to your
concerns and apply our proven legal skills to help you seek a positive outcome.
Call us at (704) 659-0007 today or
contact us online to get started!