In North Carolina, both parents are responsible for supporting their children after a divorce. Generally, however, only the noncustodial parent pays child support – as the parent with whom the children primarily live is assumed to already be directly providing them with all necessary financial support. Support decisions can vary, however, and if you have questions or concerns about child support payments, consult with a Raleigh child support lawyer today.
Who Pays Child Support?
In the best scenarios, both parents agree to child support terms that work for them and are in the best interests of their children. These parents may then outline their own child support obligations to which they adhere after court approval. If you and your spouse are not able to come to an agreement, however, the state will make child support determinations for you based on several important factors. These include:
- If your children live with you fewer than 123 days a year, you will likely be required to pay your children’s custodial parent child support.
- If you and your ex both have your children at least 123 days each year, child support will be determined based on an existing formula that weighs each of your incomes in relation to the number of overnights each of you has with the children throughout the year.
- The child support calculation is based on each of your incomes, on how many children you are supporting, and on your child custody arrangements.
While the court can deviate from its Child Support Guidelines if it finds that circumstances warrant such a deviation, this rarely happens in practice.
The amount of child support you pay will be calculated in accordance with your income, which encompasses nearly any income source, including:
- Your salary and any bonuses, tips, commissions, severance pay, and more
- Income generated by your financial portfolio
- Social security and/or retirement benefits
- Income from worker’s compensation
- Alimony from a prior marriage
If you are already paying child support for children from another marriage or relationship, this amount can be deducted from your income for calculation purposes.
Your Child Support Payments
The ins and outs of child support payments in North Carolina can be complicated. You naturally want to support your children emotionally and financially while ensuring that the amount you pay is financially sustainable. A skilled Raleigh child support lawyer can help make sure that your child support payments reflect both of these important goals.
If You Have Concerns about Child Support, a Skilled Raleigh Child Support Lawyer Can Help
Child support is critical to your children’s continued well-being, and determining the amount you will pay is one of the most important components of your divorce. Daphne Edwards at Daphne Edwards Divorce & Family Law in Raleigh, North Carolina, has the experience, knowledge, and dedication to advocate for your rights and to help ensure that your children are well supported by both of you. Ms. Edwards is here to help you, so please don’t hesitate to contact or call us at (919) 838-7160 for more information today.