If you have children and are going through a separation or divorce, you may have questions about child support. In North Carolina, both parents are required to provide for the financial support of their child, and either parent may be ordered to pay child support. The goal is to keep the children in the same quality of lifestyle that they would have experienced had the divorce not taken place.
North Carolina has state-mandated guidelines that use a mathematical formula to calculate how much child support is owed and which parent has to pay child support. These guidelines are updated every four years. The formulas use information such as each parent’s gross monthly income, health care expenses, work-related child care expenses, and other expenses to calculate the amount of child support. That said, judges have the right to order child support payments that vary from these guidelines in certain situations such as when the parties earn above or below a certain amount, or for other reasons.
If you have children and are going through separation or divorce, contact the North Carolina child support lawyers at McNeil Law Firm today to schedule a confidential consultation. We can talk with you about the facts specific to your case and help you understand your rights and options.
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