Going through a divorce can be one of the most difficult times for an in individual. Adding to the emotional turmoil is the financial uncertainty resulting from a division of assets and possible alimony and child support obligations. Calculating child support is one of the most crucial parts of a divorce because there are a number of underlying factors that determine how much the custodial parent will be awarded. Child support battles often last long after the divorce is final. North Carolina Center for State Courts has a set formula that has guidelines of how much child support should be awarded to the custodial parent. Child support is determined by the combined gross income of both the mother and father of the child. This does not include child care, insurance, health care costs, or health insurance that exceeds $250 a year.
There are many factors that play a part in how the courts come about determining the different levels of child support. The courts priority is to ensure that the child’s needs are being fulfilled. These guidelines are determined by what the child’s needs would be according to state, their parents’ gross income, and how many siblings the child may have. If the child was accustomed to a certain standard of living while their parents were together, the courts take this into consideration when determining the obligation amount. Also if there are any provisions for the child or children, those are also taken into account when the guidelines are determined. It is important to remember that North Carolina has a no tolerance policy towards those who do not pay child support. So if a noncustodial parent is having trouble paying their monthly payment it is important to consult an attorney to see possible options to reduce ones payments or get on a payment plan to avoid incarceration.
To see how much you may have to pay for child support first look at the combined gross income and go across and see how many children the courts are determining child support for.