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August 2018 Archives

Collection of unpaid medical expenses from noncustodial parent

A child support agreement developed between parents in North Carolina sometimes addresses the expenses that could arise for a child's uninsured or unreimbursed medical expenses. These costs represent bills in addition to health insurance premiums, such as co-pays, deductibles, prescriptions or dental and vision expenses not covered by insurance. A child support order could describe specifically when a noncustodial parent must pay a portion of these extraordinary medical expenses. A custodial parent, however, might encounter difficulty collecting payment if the other parent protests the cost or the support order does not clearly address the situation.

The benefits of establishing paternity in North Carolina

If you live in North Carolina and think you fathered a child but are not completely sure, you may have cause to conduct a paternity test to determine whether you are, in fact, the biological father of the child in question. There are several different methods you may use to do so, among them signing the birth certificate, signing an affidavit of parentage or undergoing DNA testing. If these methods prove you to be the father, you gain certain rights when it comes to your child.

The basics of child support in North Carolina

While men generally pay child support more often than women do, any noncustodial parent in North Carolina can be responsible for making payments to the parent who has custody regardless of gender. There are several additional factors taken into consideration when determining how much child support is awarded and which parent will receive it. First of all, a relationship to the child must be established. With mothers, this is typically done with a record of the child's birth.

The four different child support classifications

A child support case in North Carolina or any other state can have one of four designations. Each label begins with "IV" in reference to Title IV of the Social Security Act of 1975. If a case has an IV-D label, it means that a parent has asked for help from the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE). Cases with a non-IV-D designation involve parents who receive support without seeking such assistance.

3 effects of divorce on chidren

If you are facing a divorce and have children, you are likely concerned about how the divorce will affect them. This is a common question among divorcing parents, and experts have a lot to say on the subject.

Gray divorces and splitting assets

According to data from the Pew Research Center, older couples in North Carolina and the rest of the United States have been getting divorced at a rate that is twice what it was in the 1900s. People over the age of 50 and who are near retirement will find it particularly important to know how to properly divide their assets, especially their retirement assets, during the divorce process.

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