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What Will Be the Best Decision for You & Your Child?
Child Support is a cost-sharing method in which financial support is paid
by one parent to the other parent after an analysis of income and expenses
associated with raising a child or children. All North Carolina parents
have a financial obligation to the maintenance and financial support of
For help creating a fair and agreeable child support plan for your child,
call the Charlotte child support lawyers of Miller Bowles Cushing at (704) 810-1400.
What Are the Child Support Guidelines?
North Carolina has instituted a presumed child support calculation, called
the North Carolina Child Support Guidelines to help determine appropriate
financial support from one parent to the other. While the Guideline calculation
is a presumptive amount, either parent can ask the Court to deviate upward
or downward from the Guideline child support amount.
The North Carolina Child Support Guidelines are set forth under three (3)
different calculations based upon the number of overnights the child spends
with each parent.
Worksheet A Calculation is used when one parent has “primary custody”
and the other parent has the child for less than 123 overnights per year.
Worksheet B Calculation is used when both parents have “shared custody”
and each have the child for at least 123 overnights per calendar year.
Worksheet C Calculation is used when parents have “split custody”
of two or more children and a parent has primary custody of one or more
children and the other parent has primary custody of one or more children.
Child support in North Carolina is calculated by factoring in each parent’s
gross monthly income from all sources, the number of children the child
support calculation provides for, the number of overnights each child
spends with each parent (to determine whether your calculation will be
made on a Worksheet A, Worksheet B, or Worksheet C), whether either parent
has another child for whom he or she is responsible for supporting, payment
of health insurance premiums for the children, work-related child care
costs, and other extraordinary expenses the parent paying child support.
Modification of Child Support
Either parent in a child support case can ask the Court to modify the child
support payments. The Court must find that a substantial change in circumstances
has occurred since the entry of the previous child support order. If at
least three years have passed since the previous order was entered, and
a new calculation of child support shows a difference of
15% or more between the old child support amount and the new amount, a substantial
change in circumstances is presumed.
In other cases when three years have not passed since the previous order
was entered, a substantial change in circumstances can be shown when any
of the factors that go in to a child support calculation change–that
being either parent’s gross monthly income, responsibility for other
children, change in the child custody schedule, the child's extracurricular
activities new amounts for health insurance premiums or work-related child
care expenses, as well as extraordinary expenses.
Call Today for Help Submitting a Child Support Modification Request
If you have been paying or receiving child support in Charlotte or elsewhere
in North Carolina from a Separation Agreement or other out-of-court settlement,
you have the right to ask the Court to change your child support payments.
In those cases, the Court will consider whether the amount of child support
being paid is reasonable in light of the child support guideline calculation.
Conversely, If you have not been receiving child support from your child’s
other parent, you may be able to make a claim for retroactive child support.
The Court can consider how much child support should have been paid under
the guidelines when making a retroactive child support award.
For more information about a future or impending child support case, we
can provide you with a child support attorney in Charlotte, NC to
help you out. Call (704) 810-1400 today.
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