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Child Support in North Carolina is determined based on the North Carolina Child Support Guidelines. These guidelines take into account several factors including the gross income of both parents, any pre-existing child support obligations of either parent, the number of other biological children who live with each parent, the number of overnights the child(ren) spend with each parent, health insurance premium expenses, work-related childcare expenses, and extraordinary expenses.
There are three different Worksheets used pursuant to the North Carolina Child Support Guidelines:
Worksheet A is used when one parent has primary physical custody of the child(ren), and the other parent has secondary physical custody. One parent is considered to have secondary physical custody (or visitation) when they have the child(ren) less than 123 overnights per year.
Worksheet B is used when the parents share joint custody of the child(ren). Joint custody occurs when each parent has over 123 overnights per year. This worksheet specifically takes into account the number of overnights each parent has with the child(ren) per year.
Worksheet C is used when there is a split custody situation. Split custody occurs when there is more than one child, and each parent has primary custody of each least one child.
In some cases, a deviation from the child support guidelines may be appropriate. An attorney can advise you if a deviation from the guidelines should be considered in your case.
If you are facing a child support issue, we can help. Call us at 704-918-5529 for consultation.