Parents are responsible for caring for and supporting their children. When parents are separated, divorced or never married to one another, the state becomes interested in how children will be supported.
In North Carolina, the child support guidelines provide a starting point for North Carolina parents whose combined income is $300,000 per year or less. If parents’ combined annual income exceeds $300,000, child support amounts will be determined on a case-by-case basis considering the reasonable needs of the child and the relative ability of each parent to provide support.
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Vitale Family Law in Raleigh is a reliable source of information and direction for parents engaged in child support negotiations. Make sure you understand which parent is responsible to pay the other, as well as what amounts will be paid. The child support amount can vary based on the number of custodial days that each parent has. Discuss other concerns you may have with one of our North Carolina family law attorneys, such as how child support can be determined, modified or enforced as necessary.
Parents Can Agree On Child Support Or A Court Can Issue An Order
Child support can be established by agreement of the parties or by an order of the court. Specific expenses considered in state guideline-determined support include:
- The cost of health insurance
- Child care
- “Extraordinary expenses” in some cases
- Transportation costs between the parents’ homes
- Special education expenses
- Special needs and talents of the child
In some cases, child support amounts will vary from those indicated by the North Carolina child support guideline. See our “Child Support FAQ” page for information on special considerations that sometimes apply.
Contact A Raleigh Child Support Attorney For Information And Guidance
If a lawsuit for child support has commenced in Wake County Family Court, certain financial records and a financial affidavit setting forth income and expenses will need to be produced. Vitale Family Law lawyers can help you meet such requirements efficiently. Learn how to get started working with Vitale Family Law by calling 919-841-5680 or via email.