A brief breakdown of how to calculate child support in North Carolina according to the North Carolina Child Support Guidelines.
In North Carolina, generally, child support is calculated by utilizing the North Carolina Child Support Guidelines. There are two exceptions to this rule: (1) if the parties' combined monthly income exceeds $25,000.00; or (2) a motion to deviate from the guidelines has been filed. Because North Carolina utilizes the child support guidelines, there is very little evidence that an attorney can submit to the Court that will change the outcome of a child support case. In essence, the amount to be paid is what it is.
What Worksheet to Use?
North Carolina has developed three different worksheets for which to calculate child support. Worksheet A should be used when one parent has primary physical custody of the minor child. A parent has primary physical custody of a child if the child lives with that parent for 243 overnights or more per year. Worksheet B should be used when the parents share physical custody of the minor child. Worksheet C is a rarity and should only be used with the guidance of a licensed attorney.
What Numbers to Use?
1. Gross Income: The child support calculator requires that the monthly gross income of the parties be placed into the calculator. The gross income is different than your "take-home" pay.
2. Health Insurance: For the person paying health insurance for the benefit of the minor children. The parent incurring the expense may include the "child's portion" in the calculator.
3. Work-Related Child Care: If either parent incurs work-related childcare costs, then the parent incurring the cost may also include the cost in the calculator.
4. Extraordinary Expenses: Extraordinary expenses are less often used in the North Carolina Child Support Guidelines. If you believe your child has an extraordinary monthly expense, you should consult with a license attorney about your best options in pursuing ongoing monthly child support.
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