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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 …

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How is Child Support Calculated?

In Child Support by Sarah Hink

In North Carolina, both parents have a legal obligation to financially support their children. For parents who have a combined gross income of less than $300,000, this obligation is calculated based on the North Carolina Child Support Guidelines. If you are separating from or divorcing the other parent of your children, or if you are seeking to modify child support, you will need this information to obtain a temporary or permanent child support order. Child Support is Calculated Using Worksheets Child support is calculated using one of following three worksheets, depending on the custody arrangement of the children. Child Support Worksheet A. This sheet is used when one parent has “primary physical custody of all of the children for whom support is being determined.” A parent with primary custody will …