The purpose of child support is to ensure that the children’s reasonable needs are being met in the event the parents of the child are not currently in a relationship. In North Carolina, the amount of child support to be paid by one party to the other is typically determined by a set of guidelines provided by the state of North Carolina. The amount calculated pursuant to these guidelines is presumed to meet the reasonable needs of the children, while also taking into account the relative ability of each parent to provide support for the child’s benefit.
The courts in North Carolina use “worksheets” to determine the amount of support a party is presumed to need for the child’s benefit. There are three different worksheets (A, B and C), and each worksheet is used in different scenarios. Generally speaking, Worksheets A and B are the worksheets that are used in a majority of cases. For a more detailed explanation of which Worksheet might apply in your particular case, please read our blog on child support.
After the correct worksheet is selected, there are then several factors plugged into the worksheet to ascertain the child support obligation. They are as follows:
- Gross Monthly Income;
- Pre-Existing Support Obligations and Responsibility for Other Children;
- Work-Related Child Care Costs;
- Health Insurance and Health Care Costs; and
- Extraordinary expenses.
For a more detailed description of each factor read our blog here.
Despite there being clear factors to be considered when calculating support, an inaccurate or flat-out incorrect calculation of any one of these factors can result in an incorrect support obligation. Considering it can be difficult to modify a child support obligation once it is calculated, having a meticulous and competent child support attorney is crucial.
If you have a situation that requires the determination of child support, contact an attorney at our law firm today for a consultation. You can also find more information at the following link from the Department of Health and Human Services: https://nddhacts01.dhhs.state.nc.us/WorkSheet.jsp.
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