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Understanding Your Child Support Order

In Child Support by Sarah Hink

Child support is a frequent source of conflict between separated parents. The parent paying support generally thinks they are overpaying, while the parent receiving the support feels the opposite. Nevertheless, from a moral standpoint, we all know that parents should bear the financial responsibilities of their child’s needs. If you have been ordered to pay child support, or are facing the prospect of court ordered child support, it is important to understand how your order was determined. North Carolina uses an “income shares” approach to child support, which means that both parents are legally responsible for the financial care of their children. This approach basically considers a number of factors to reach child support obligations that emulate what a parent would proportionally pay if the family waere still an intact …

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Understanding Child Support Arrears

In Child Support by Sarah Hink

Child support can be a source of incredible stress and conflict. As attorneys who have provided over twenty years of legal representation in family law matters, we have seen it all. The reason that child support in particular gets heated is because it combines the two elements that can independently ignite arguing couples: money and children. It is unfortunate that children are caught up in these battles. In fact, a study by Health and Human Services in North Carolina showed that over $280 million in child support went unpaid in 2014 alone! So the key question is: what happens when a parent fails to pay child support? Child Support Arrears Court ordered child support payments that are unpaid after their due date are referred to as “arrears.” This can include …

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Seeking Child Support for a Child with Medical Needs

In Child Support by Elizabeth Stephenson

Having a child with special medical needs can be incredibly challenging. You love your child with all of your heart, but the time and emotional energy you spend caring for the child can be draining. It is also confusing as there are times that you get angry about your circumstances, then feel guilty about feeling that way about your child. It is also incredibly expensive. Even with a great health insurance policy, co-pays and unforeseen medical expenses quickly add up. That is why it is incredibly important to account for these expenses when parents are separated. Agreed Support When parents are separated, it is extremely important for parents to continue to work together to ensure that the child’s medical needs are met. This can be accomplished by an agreement between …

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Appealing a Child Support Order

In Child Support by Sarah Hink

No one can genuinely argue that child support is unnecessary. Every state in the country has child support laws based on an underlying presumption that each parent should bear financial responsibility for their children. For separated parents, the non-custodial parent’s child support obligation can be a source of incredible contention. These battles generally stem from some combination of lingering resentment between the parents and conflicting senses of justice: that one parent isn’t willing to pay their share or that the other parent is asking for much more than they need. If you are currently in a child support dispute, or if a court has entered a final order that includes child support, you should be aware of what an appeal of that order Appellate Court’s Standard of Review Following the …