Calculating Child Support
The vast majority of North Carolina Child Support Cases are are determined by the North Carolina Child Support Guidelines. Once you have reviewed this article, see below for a link TO THE CHILD SUPPORT CALCULATOR.
When calculating the proper child support amount under North Carolina law, you must first determine which North Carolina Child Support worksheet is appropriate to use for your unique situation. There are three worksheets that are available including the following:
- Worksheet A – this worksheet is appropriate for cases involving sole custody, meaning one party has the children the majority of the year, and the other parent has the children less 123 days per year;
- Worksheet B – this worksheet is appropriate for cases involving joint custody, meaning that each parent has the children for at least 123 overnights per year; and
- Worksheet C – this worksheet is appropriate for cases involving split custody, meaning that the custodial schedules for the children of the same parents differ, such as when the custody of children are split with one parent having primary physical custody of one child and the other parent having primary physical custody of the other child.
After the proper child support worksheet is selected in accordance with North Carolina Divorce Law, each party’s monthly income from all sources is imputed into the appropriate child support worksheet. Other information relevant to the child support calculation is the following:
- The number of overnight visits the child has with each parent;
- Health, dental and vision insurance costs for the children;
- Work related child care expenses, such as daycare costs;
- Responsibility for other children born outside the relationship between you and they other party;
- Extraordinary expenses such as private school tuition; and
- Any ther information and expenses that may be allowable under North Carolina Child Support Law.
Here at the Doyle Law Group:
We make it a practice to advise clients about a common unfounded belief that child support in joint custody (50-50 custody schedules) automatically means that no child support will be paid. This is not always the case. The income differential between the parties, as well as the cost of the expenses paid on behalf of the minor child may result in a child support payment being made by one party to the other in joint custody situations. The only way to know for sure what amount of child support one may be entitled to is to perform the child support calculation as set forth above.
The accuracy of the child support calculation is dependent on the accuracy of the information that is entered into it. The most difficult variable to determine is usually the party’s “true” income. Particularly in situations where the party is self employed or typically paid on a cash basis. Another contentious issue is which expenses are allowed under North Carolina Law and which are not. If you would like to try calculating support, please use the North Carolina Child Support Calculator here. Keep in mind that a Court would award child support based on their determination of what the correct figures are to input into the calculation, so our calculation may be different from what you may be awarded in court. Further, under certain circumstances, the Court may deviate from the amounts set in the North Carolina Child Support Guidelines. It would be very beneficial to consult with an experienced family law attorney practicing in your jurisdiction.
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