As the parent of a child, you have the legal duty to provide for your child. That includes things like housing, food, clothing, and schooling for your child’s general welfare and wellbeing. The NC family laws call this the “reasonable needs of the child for health, education, and maintenance.”
Providing for your children is not optional.
Parents share the responsibility to support their children; that’s true whether you have the type of custody or the amount of visitation you’d prefer or not. The best interests for the welfare of children is said to the be “polar star” by which courts are guided in establishing child custody, the frequency of visitation, and the amount of child support.
While child support disputes may arise in a legal matter involving separation and divorce in North Carolina, marriage is not technically required to trigger the protection afforded to children in their upkeep or the legal duty to pay child support.
“The process of calculating child support may be more formuliac than other areas of family law. The Family Court judge is directed by the Child Support Guidlines. The legal issue normally involves how much is child support, not whether you will support your child.”
– Bill Powers, Divorce Lawyer Charlotte NC
Unless there is a legal filing or ruling by a court that assigns responsibility for the financial upkeep of your child to another party, the mother and father shall be primarily liable.