Parents of minor children owe a duty of support to their children. North Carolina has Child Support Guidelines that are used to calculate how much a parent owes or is entitled to in child support.
The Guidelines are designed to calculate an amount that will meet the reasonable needs of the child or children. But they are only a guide and a judge can deviate from the amount of child support calculated in the Guidelines when appropriate.
Calculating Child Support
In order to calculate the amount one parent owes in child support, a child support worksheet must be completed. The worksheets take into consideration the following:
- The amount of overnights the child or children are with each parent
- The parents’ income
- Monthly health care premiums
- Childcare costs
- Responsibility for other children
- Other extraordinary expenses
You can download the child support guidelines by clicking on the links below.
Links to each of the three guideline worksheets
How do I make sure child support is calculated properly?
It’s important to consult with an attorney to make sure that the amount you owe or are entitled to in child support is accurate. Child support claims are not always straight forward and require documentation. The guidance and counsel that an attorney can provide may make all the difference in protecting your children’s financial future.