How do I get child support in North Carolina?
At first glance, child support might seem like a clear-cut issue. After all, North Carolina has uniform guidelines for determining child support obligations.
But there are many questions that can arise when it comes to child support obligations, and there are situations where judges will deviate from the support guidelines. For example, some parents may want to include things like private school or college tuition in their agreement, while others may be more concerned about support for a child with disabilities or other special needs. In other cases, one parent may be faced with the difficult situation of the other parent failing to make their child support payments … or wondering what to do if they lose their job and can’t make those payments.
The articles in this section will provide an overview of child support guidelines in North Carolina, as well as guidance for a number of common situations that parents face in regard to child support.
Divorcing parents need to understand North Carolina guidelines for everything from calculating and filing child support claims to collecting child support and enforcing agreements.
A determination of a parent’s income drives a calculation of child support. Income is every possible source of funds of a parent considered in the calculation.
In many states, reasonable contributions to a retirement plan are not considered income. The interest is part of that contribution, and constitutes a legitimate retirement planning decision.
North Carolina courts can order parents to pay a child’s medical expenses as a type of child support, including medical, dental, and hospital costs.
While North Carolina law does not provide for or address college tuition and expenses, parents can plan ahead and create an agreement for such expenses.
The court must use the North Carolina guidelines when it enters a temporary or permanent child support order. However, it may deviate from those guidelines in certain situations.
North Carolina child support guidelines do not include private school tuition. However, the court will make exceptions in some cases.
If you are in the middle of a child custody case, the court may order your ex to pay your attorney’s fees.
In North Carolina, modifications to child support agreements can be made under specific conditions.
While not common, there are circumstances in which a grandparent could have to pay child support for their grandchild.
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