Providing Child Support Services in Charlotte, NC
One of the most debated topics in a family law case is the legal obligation of child support. While this is typical, it does not always have to be. Child support agreements can be settled amicably without court appearances with the support of the right lawyer. Our child support lawyer in Charlotte is happy to help guide you through this process with ease.
While there are various worksheets to help you determine a child support payment, it would benefit you and your child to consult with an experienced lawyer beforehand. Your circumstances are unique, so, it is safe to assume, your child support payment will be as well.
How Do I File an Action for Child Support?
In North Carolina, a child support action can be filed as a civil action or with a divorce, annulment, or alimony action without divorce. A child support agreement may be settled privately with the assistance of each parent’s attorney, or publicly in court. The action must be filed in the county where the parent or child resides, or the county where the child is physically present.
How To Determine Child Support
The guidelines the court will consider before making a child support determination include:
- Your custody schedules
- The monthly gross income of both parents
- Pre-existing child support
- Childcare costs
- The cost of health insurance
- The cost of transporting the child from one parent’s home to the other
- The cost associated with a child with special needs
Determination of Support in Cases Involving High Combined Incomes
In cases where the parents’ combined adjusted gross income exceeds $30,000 per month or $360,000 per year, the basic child support obligation is determined differently. The court may set the amount according to the reasonable needs of the child for education, healthcare, and maintenance considering additional factors such as the child’s accustomed standard of living, child care expenses, the parents’ estates, earnings, and the other parent’s accustomed standard of living.
Modifying Child Support
Due to changes in circumstance, you can request a child support modification from the court. Change in circumstance is defined as an increase or decrease in salary, loss of a job, injury, or even a new child. Additionally, many clients seek a child support modification if their current order does not include health insurance for their child.
Establishing Paternity & Support Orders
Unless the alleged father concedes paternity, an order for child support payments cannot be made by a judge. If you believe the alleged father is fabricating the truth, you may request a DNA test, which may or may not be granted. Without establishing paternity, the father cannot make any decisions on behalf of the child, leaving the mother with sole custody.
What Does NC Say About Child Support in Arrears?
Under normal circumstances, support will be paid until the child turns 18 years of age. If arrears exist, state law supports the next child support order to be good for 10 years. Essentially, if payments were neglected by the payor, he or she may be ordered to pay back child support until the child is 28. Due to the nature of this law, it's imperative that you speak with our attorney as soon as possible if you suspect your payments are missing or late.
Why You Need Our Charlotte Child Support Lawyer on Your Side
Blood Law, PLLC focuses on three main branches of the law, so you know you are getting the best representation available for your specific situation. Child support is an important factor that will support your child as he/she grows up. Ensure you have the right legal team on your side to help you find the best possible solution for your family. Schedule a consultation with our child support attorneys in Charlotte today to learn more about our services.
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