All parties are required to support their child(ren) financially regardless of the child custody schedule; however, the primary physical custodian will typically receive support payments from the secondary physical custodian upon application of the North Carolina Child Support Guidelines.
The North Carolina Child Support Guidelines were enacted by the North Carolina General Assembly in an attempt to regulate and equalize child support obligations among families across the state. The Guidelines are an income-based model which utilizes each parent’s income, health insurance and day care costs and the number of children to determine the statutory child support obligation which would be utilized by the court system.
Parties can resolve child support issues in several ways other than using the North Carolina Guidelines; however, it is important to understand fully the legal and practical implications of such decision. Further, there are additional considerations which need to be accounted for when assessing child support obligations, such as medical expenses, extraordinary expenses, extra-curricular activity costs or private school tuition. Each of these issues can be addressed when drafting and negotiating a child support order or agreement.
Our goal is to assist our clients through analyzing the family’s entire situation and determining what is most important to our client. This allows us best represent our clients in any resolution process, whether it be in litigation or through alternative dispute resolution.