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Can you withhold child support if you are denied visitation?

During divorces, child support and custody are often two of the most contentious areas for former spouses to agree on. All too often, divorcing parents let their emotions control their decisions, leading to poor decision making. If you are the non-custodial parent, arguments and disagreements during or after the divorce process could result in your former spouse withholding or reducing visitation.

Should I Pay My Child Support in Cash?

NC law states that "Payment for the support of a minor child shall be paid by lump sum payment, periodic payments, or by transfer of title or possession of personal property of any interest therein, or a security interest in or possession of real property, as the court may order".

A closer look at how North Carolina collects past due child support - II

Last month, our blog started discussing how North Carolina relies on a child support collection model known as income withholding. To recap, this is essentially a system whereby an employer will automatically withhold a predetermined amount of child support from an employee's paycheck and forward it to the Child Support Centralized Collection.

A closer look at how North Carolina collects past due child support

North Carolina has long adhered to a collection model known as income withholding in recognition of the degree to which custodial parents rely on child support payments to help make ends meet and the havoc that can result when noncustodial parents fail to meet their payment obligations.

Child support options when the other parent works under the table

The topic of child support may be a contentious or difficult point for many divorced parents in Charlotte. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for non-custodial parents to attempt to avoid paying their child support obligations. At Epperson Law PLLC, we understand how frustrating it is if you aren’t getting child support from your ex. The best interests of children are a top priority for us, and we are prepared to help you receive the support you need from the other parent.

North Carolina child support guidelines and standards

In cases where a child’s parents live together, it can be fairly easy to calculate and divide child-care related expenses in a fair and reasonable manner. The process of accounting for a child’s financial and care needs can be more complicated, however, in instances where the child’s parents do not live together and/or are divorcing. Guidelines established by the state of North Carolina take several factors into consideration when determining how child support payments should be calculated and implemented.

How are child support orders enforced in North Carolina?

In order to account for the safety and well-being of children across the state, North Carolina mandates that parents be held financially responsible for their kids. Consequently, child support orders are established and enforced by the North Carolina Child Support Enforcement Services, which is a sector of the state's Division of Social Services. Not only is the CSE capable of establishing paternity and implementing child support orders but the CSE is also capable of using a number of methods to enforce the terms of legally binding child support agreements.

The tax implications of child support

It’s around this time of year when the focus of many people in Charlotte shifts towards their taxes. According to the North Carolina Department of Revenue, state residents paid over $24 billion in taxes in the 2012-2013 fiscal year. With those kinds of numbers involved, it’s little wonder why tax-related issues weigh so heavily on the minds of both private citizens and public officers. Adding concerns over the tax implications of child support may just serve to heighten one’s anxieties over taxes.

What is imputed income?

When couples in Charlotte choose to divorce, it’s not uncommon to see the negative feelings that they feel for each other spill over into their subsequent divorce proceedings and beyond. Child support can be a particularly sensitive issue among divorced couples. Obligated parents may often allow the poor relationships that they have with their ex-spouses to influence them to shirk their responsibilities. While this may not mean flatly refusing to pay, some may try to cleverly find ways out of their obligations.

Paying child support through a life insurance policy

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that as recently as 2011, 23.4 million American children lived in homes where only one of their biological parents was present. Many of these households in Charlotte rely on child support from one parent in order to meet their everyday expenses. A loss of that support due to the death of the supporting parent can often leave a custodial parent in a dire financial situation.

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