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North Carolina Child Support Factors

Both parents are primarily responsible for the support of a minor child and either parent may be ordered to pay child support. The factors to be considered are: (1) the needs of the child; (2) the earnings, estate, conditions, and accustomed standard of living of the child and the parents; (3) the childcare and homemaker contributions of each parent; and (4) any other relevant factors. There are official child support guidelines which are presumed to be correct, unless there is a showing that the amount of support would be unjust or inappropriate. Child support worksheets are also provided. Child support payments may be required to be paid through the clerk of the court. Income withholding may be used if child support payments become delinquent. Child support obligations may be required to be secured by a bond or mortgage. The court may require a parent to provide health insurance coverage for a child. [General Statutes of North Carolina; Chapter 50, Section 50-13.4. Child Support Guidelines and Worksheets are contained in the Annotated Rules of North Carolina].

North Carolina child support is typically calculated by using a Child Support Worksheet. The worksheet will generate an appropriate North Carolina child support obligation according to each spouse’s income and other relative numeric factors such as taxes paid and retirement contributions, etc.. Once this amount is determined it is essential to take a look at any appropriate North Carolina child support deviation factors that may be applicable to the situation. You can get more information about North Carolina child support in the North Carolina state statutes located at: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/.