Lake Norman Child Support Attorneys
Comprehensive Child Support Services in Lake Norman, NC
Child support is a frequently disputed matter in family law cases. However, it doesn't always have to be a contentious issue. With the assistance of the right attorney, child support agreements can be resolved amicably, avoiding court appearances. At Blood Law, PLLC, our Lake Norman child support lawyer is dedicated to guiding you through this process smoothly.
Although there are various worksheets available to calculate child support payments, it is advisable to consult an experienced Lake Norman child support attorney beforehand. Your circumstances are unique, and consequently, your child support arrangement should be tailored accordingly.
Do you have questions about North Carolina's child support laws? Contact us online or call (704) 387-6090 to speak with one of our knowledgeable Lake Norman child support lawyers today!
How Can I Initiate a Child Support Action?
In North Carolina, a child support action can be initiated as a civil action or in conjunction with divorce, annulment, or alimony proceedings without divorce. The parents can either privately settle a child support agreement with the assistance of their respective attorneys or resolve it publicly through court. The action must be filed in the county where either parent or the child resides or the county where the child is physically present.
How Is Child Support Calculated in Lake Norman?
The amount of child support that a non-custodial parent pays is based on the net disposable income of the parent. This is the parent's income after taxes and other deductions are removed. Because of this, it is essential to be honest with your child support attorney about your income and other information.
The court may also take several other factors into consideration when determining the amount of child support. Some of these factors include:
- The financial situation of the parents
- The actual costs of raising the child
- Costs associated with a child with special needs
- The child support guidelines
- Custody schedules
- Existing child support obligations
- Childcare expenses
- Health insurance costs
- Transportation expenses between parents' residences
If you are concerned about the amount of child support you will have to pay, it is important to work with an experienced child support attorney who can help you to understand your rights and options.
Child Support Determination in Cases with High Combined Incomes
If the combined adjusted gross income of the parents exceeds $30,000 per month or $360,000 per year, the basic child support obligation is calculated differently. In such cases, the court may establish the amount based on the child's reasonable needs for education, healthcare, and maintenance, taking into account factors like the child's accustomed standard of living, childcare costs, the parents' financial situations, and the other parent's accustomed standard of living.
Modifying Child Support
If there are significant changes in circumstances, you can request a modification of child support from the court. These changes may include salary increases or decreases, job loss, injury, or the birth of another child. Many clients also seek a child support modification if the existing order does not include health insurance coverage for their child.
Establishing Paternity & Support Orders
Unless the alleged father acknowledges paternity, a judge cannot issue an order for child support payments. If you suspect that the alleged father is contesting the truth, you may request a DNA test, although its approval is subject to the court's discretion. Without establishing paternity, the father cannot participate in making decisions on behalf of the child, leaving the mother with sole custody.
Child Support Arrears in North Carolina
Typically, child support payments continue until the child reaches 18 years of age. However, if there are outstanding arrears, state law allows for child support orders to remain enforceable for up to 10 years. In essence, if the payor neglected payments, they may be required to make retroactive child support payments until the child turns 28. Given the implications of this law, it is crucial to consult our attorney as soon as possible if you suspect missing or late payments.
What Kind of Assistance Can a Child Support Attorney Provide?
As an experienced child support lawyer, we can help you with all aspects of a child support dispute. Some of the legal services we can provide include:
- Advising you of your rights and options
- Helping you to understand the relevant child support laws
- Negotiating with the other party's attorney
- Representing you in court
- Helping you to understand the relevant tax consequences
As your child support attorney, we will work hard to help you to obtain a fair arrangement that is in the best interest of your children. We will also help you to understand your legal rights and options.
Contact Our Child Support Lawyer Today
If you are facing a child support dispute, it is important to work with an experienced child support attorney who can help you to obtain a fair arrangement. At Blood Law, PLLC, we understand the legal issues related to child support and are dedicated to helping you understand your options and rights. We can help you to obtain an arrangement that is fair and in the best interest of your children.
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