Child Support Calculations and Guidelines in North Carolina

Determining the amount of child support you are required to pay or are entitled to receive after your divorce is a fairly straightforward calculation in North Carolina. However, in most cases the calculated amount will not be enough to support your children. If you are a parent with primary custody of your children, you will likely need the help of an attorney to obtain additional support.

At Kennedy Law Associates, our Charlotte child support lawyers are here to help you determine a fair amount of support for your family.

How Is Child Support Calculated in North Carolina?

North Carolina uses a formula known as the child support calculator to determine the amount of support to be paid from one spouse to another for the support of the children. The child support calculator can be found on the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services website.

The amount of support is determined by a formula that considers:

  • Number of children
  • Gross monthly income of the noncustodial parent
  • Amount of support paid for children from a prior marriage by the noncustodial parent
  • Monthly day care costs paid by the noncustodial parent
  • Monthly cost of family group health insurance paid by noncustodial parent
  • Gross monthly income of the custodial parent
  • Amount of monthly support paid for children from a prior marriage by the custodial parent
  • Monthly cost of day care paid by custodial parent
  • Monthly cost of family group medical insurance paid by the custodial parent

Our North Carolina family law lawyers can argue for an upward or downward departure from the calculated amount based on your circumstances. If you think your spouse is hiding income, the legal team at Kennedy Law Associates can use forensic accountants to determine a true picture of gross monthly income. We can also help with child custody and support modifications if you have experienced a change in your circumstances.

Questions About North Carolina Child Support Guidelines? Call a Union County Lawyer.

For more information about support and other matters, seek the advice of experienced legal counsel. Contact our Charlotte child support attorneys online or call 704-512-0619 to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your situation.