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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 …