In the state of North Carolina, the amount of the child support is calculated by considering a variety of factors, such as total income, medical insurance costs, day care or school expenses and the child’s living arrangements. Once the court issue these orders, child support mediation can only be made if there is a major change in circumstances.
“Changes in circumstances can include items like an increase or decrease in the noncustodial parent’s income, an increase or decrease in the custodial parent’s income and a change in the child’s needs,” said Thomas Bumgardner, attorney. “Although parents do agree to the terms of child support, a knowledgeable Charlotte divorce lawyer is often needed to finalize the exact terms and help resolve any disputes or work to enforce court orders.”
North Carolina Law on Child Support
The calculation of child support involves the use of a formula which has certain variables. The most significant variables are each party’s income, daycare expenses, the cost of medical insurance, and the living arrangements of the children.
- North Carolina Child Support Guidelines
- North Carolina Child Support Worksheet A (for Primary Custody)
- North Carolina Child Support Worksheet B (for Joint or Shared Custody)
- North Carolina Child Support Worksheet C (for Split Custody)
“The guidelines are intended to provide adequate awards of child support that are equitable to the child and both of the child’s parents,” said Bumgardner. “When the court does not deviate from the guidelines, an order for child support in an amount determined pursuant to the guidelines is conclusively presumed to meet the reasonable needs of a child, considering the relative ability of each parent to provide support, and specific findings regarding a child’s reasonable needs or the relative ability of each parent to provide support are therefore not required.”
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