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Child Support Attorneys in Charlotte, NC

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For experienced legal help with any issue related to child support, custody, or divorce in Charlotte, Weddington, Boone, or a surrounding area, contact the team at Epperson Law Group, PLLC. Our Charlotte child support lawyers focus solely on divorce and family law. We know the law, we know the court system, and we know how to protect your rights and interests.

We handle child support issues related to:

  • Determining child support
  • Enforcing child support orders
  • Modifying child support orders
  • Paternity and child support
  • Divorce and child support

Give us a call at (704) 200-9278 or contact us online for a confidential consultation.

Who Pays Child Support After a Divorce?

The average annual cost of caring for a child is around $14,000; in other words, raising a child is incredibly expensive. This cost can be burdensome to parents – and, unfortunately, financially supporting a child only becomes more complicated when a couple decides to file for divorce. However, a healthy child support order can offset the financial burdens of raising a child on one’s own. With that being said, it’s important to determine who pays child support after a North Carolina divorce.

As stated on the North Carolina Judicial Branch website, all parents are responsible for supporting their children. Additionally, if a parent is under the age of 18, then his or her parents can be obligated to pay child support until the parent reaches the age of 18. The only time a parent has no legal obligation to pay child support is if the parent’s rights are terminated; however, a parent’s child custody arrangement can impact his or her obligation to pay child support.

How Does Custody Impact Child Support?

Custody will severely impact potential child support obligations. For example, residential parents (children live with these parents) who have primary custody of children will not have to pay child support, as their obligation of care is fulfilled through custody status. Therefore, non-residential parents will always pay child support to residential parents.

In joint physical custody scenarios, either parent could potentially pay child support based on several factors.

Factors that impact potential child support payments include:

  • The gross annual income of both parents
  • Each parent’s overnight totals with the child
  • The needs of the child

Therefore, determining who pays child support in physical joint custody arrangements can be complicated.

How Is Child Support Calculated in North Carolina?

In North Carolina, child support is determined by a formula that considers each parent's income, the child's health insurance costs, daycare or child care costs, and any extraordinary needs that the child may have. This information is put into a child support calculator, which abides by North Carolina Child Support Guidelines, and the obligation amount is generated.

You can ask the court to deviate from the guidelines and award more or less support. However, you have to persuade the court that either a parent's inability to pay or your child's extraordinary needs demand more or less child support.

Modifying & Enforcing Child Support Orders

Child support is never a final issue until the child turns 18 and graduates from high school. A parent can always ask the court to modify child support based on a substantial change of circumstances that affect the children. For example, if there is a 15 percent change in a parent's income (either up or down), it is presumed to be a substantial change in circumstances.

In some cases, the obligee (person receiving support) needs to ask the court to enforce the child support order because the obligor (person paying support) is not paying. If you need to enforce your child support obligation or need help defending an enforcement action, our Charlotte child support attorneys can offer the guidance and legal representation you need.

We’re Available 24/7 – Call Now to Discuss Your Case

At Epperson Law Group, we are available 24/7 to help with your child support needs. We have offices in Charlotte, Boone, and Weddington, and we represent clients throughout all surrounding areas, including Union County and Mecklenburg County. With a child support lawyer from our firm on your side, you can rest assured that your rights will be protected.

Call Epperson Law Group, PLLC today at (704) 200-9278 to discuss your case.

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