Parents are charged with the duty to provide for their children, ensuring the “best interests” and the overall welfare of their children. Each parent individually bears the responsibility to provide food, clothing, and shelter. Actions for divorce and child custody also commonly include claims for child support in North Carolina.
Determining the appropriate amount of child support in North Carolina can be a relatively complicated process, involving consideration of a series of factors including things the number of children from the marriage, gross monthly income, and child care costs.
“The question after, ‘Who gets the children?’ is often, ‘How much do I owe in child support?’ Determining the best interests of the children is of utmost importance, which necessarily includes a discussion of custody and support. Sometimes that is easily resolved by the parties. More often that not, if there is a substantial dispute following separation or divorce, it involves the children, sole custody, joint custody, or primary custody legal issues.”
– Bill Powers, Charlotte Family Law Attorney
In any family law matter involving children and divorce court in North Carolina, the “best interests” of the children have been described as being of primary importance to any ruling pursuant to the Court’s duty.
All states including North Carolina have guidelines that dictate how child support obligations are calculated. Some parties choose to include the amount in a separation agreement while others rely on the courts to set the amount. Calculating child support can become a complex endeavor for parents and courts alike. Below is an overview of the child support process in North Carolina. Family law attorneys in Charlotte NC and other North Carolina family law courts often refer to “Work Sheet B” to help calculate Child Support, click NC Child Support Guidelines