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CMWL works diligently with clients to ensure that their children receive the full financial support that they are entitled to from both parents. It is the obligation of both custodial and non-custodial parents to provide for the financial well-being of their children. North Carolina guidelines  dictate what the support obligation will be for children based on a number of factors including:

  • Each parent's income
  • Cost of work-related child care expenses
  • Support obligations for children from other relationships
  • The custody/living arrangements of the child(ren)
  • The number of children
  • Healthcare costs
  • Extraordinary expenses (i.e., private school, extra curricular activities, extraordinary medical expenses, etc.)
  • Whether there is voluntary unemployment or underemployment

North Carolina determines child support using a formula based on three different custody arrangements:

  • Worksheet A-Where one parent is the primary caregiver with the vast majority of overnight care, custody, and control of the child.
  • Worksheet B-Where custody is joint/shared, with each parent having overnight care, custody, and control of the child for at least 123 overnights.
  • Worksheet C-Where there are two or more children and the primary care of at least one child is with each parent. 

It is important that you understand the nuances of how child support obligations are calculated, and seek the advice of an experienced attorney. There are many factors that impact the payment or receipt of support that an attorney is well equipped to address. For example, what happens when you lose your job and are unable to continue with your support payments? Is it possible to deviate from the amount required under the North Carolina Guidelines? How might one find a parent who has not provided support, and bring that parent into compliance with the obligation?

If you are facing a matter involving child support in North Carolina, contact CMWL at 1-888-225-0459 to schedule a consultation.