Calculating Child Support in North Carolina
Assistance from Our Raleigh Family Lawyers
The Raleigh divorce attorneys at Hopper Law Office are highly-experienced
in helping parents work out the best solutions for all matters that come
up during a
child support payment agreements. We do all we can to find a resolution that respects
the needs of you, your spouse, and your children. Call
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you through this trying yet unavoidable procedure.
Parental income and how much each spouse contributed to the whole income
level of the household are usually the most important factors in determining
child support. There are a variety of other aspects, however, that a judge
must also examine to calculate the final amount, such as:
- Number of dependent children
- Gross monthly income of custodial and noncustodial parents
- How much each parent pays for child support in previous marriages
- Daycare and family group health insurance payments
North Carolina law mandates that parents provide financial support for
their children up to the age of 18 and upon high school graduation. If
the child does not complete high school, the support ends at 20 years
of age instead. It should be noted that if you wish, you and your ex-spouse
support payments that provide partially or totally for your child's college education.
This is not a legal statute but it is certainly a strong show of goodwill
We Simplify the Process for You
Calculating child support payments can become a complex process as many
factors start to play into the final decision. Your unique situation may
require calculations that differ from traditional guidelines. Our goal
as your go-to family law lawyers is to make the entire procedure as simple
and as painless as can be. We want you to feel confident at the end of
the day that your child is comfortable.
The judge's final ruling can be affected by the following issues pertaining
to the noncustodial parent:
- Inability to meet payment schedule
- Paying amounts less than agreed upon
- Intentionally evading payments
- May be able to reasonably pay more
If your child has special needs or interests, whether they have a chronic
medical condition or participate in an expensive club sport, a court can
rule for a higher amount in child support. There are also circumstances
that can open child support to possible
modification, such as unexpected job loss or your own medical needs. Our firm is there
to support your claims from start to finish, even in cases where you need
to change a preexisting child support agreement.
Understanding and Using Child Support Guidelines
If the combined incomes of both parents do not exceed $300,000 annually,
before taxes, North Carolina child support guidelines will be used to
determine a fair amount of child support. On the contrary, if combined
incomes are in excess of $300,000 annually, the court will instead determine
the amount. If a judge makes the final decision on how much child support
will be ordered for your case, you will want to take that opportunity
to present your ideas and what you think is best for everyone.
Compassionate Child Support Lawyer in Raleigh, NC
Our team at Hopper Law Office understands that the issues that affect your
family need to be readily addressed. Finding the fastest solution is not
always the best choice, though. We want to step carefully when dealing
with a topic so close to heart; treating you and your family with respect
will help everyone feel at home and at ease throughout the entire process.
We work with each client one-on-one, providing personally-tailored legal
assistance and insightful solutions. Your future should feel secure, and
you should have a say in getting it there.
For answers to all your questions,
contact our family law firm today!