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Can a Court Deviate from Child Support Guidelines?

In Child Support by Sarah Hink

No reasonable person can dispute that children need to be financial supported by their parents. Children require food, shelter, clothing, and healthcare to survive. Not only is this the right thing to do, but it is also a legal duty of parents. However, the amount of support is often an incredibly contentious matter. Some common reasons include the underlying animosity between the former partners and the mutual belief that the other is being greedy. Child support in North Carolina is based on an “income shares approach” that essentially assumes that each parent shares a responsibility to support the child. The legislature has developed guidelines for child support that consider the income of both parents, the number of overnights that the child spends with each parent, and other expenses, such as …