How much child support will I have to pay or receive in Carteret County?

How much child support will I have to pay or receive in Carteret County?
As a lawyer, I receive this question often from clients when handling a case involving child custody, child support (enforcement), and during modification of child support hearings, and it is important for clients to know how child support amounts are calculated. In NC, by state statute, the courts have basic guidelines when calculating child support, and here in Carteret County those guidelines are followed. It is also important to note that a Judge has broad discretion in deviating from those guidelines when he/she is presented with evidence or extraordinary needs or expenses of the child.



It is very difficult to write an article explaining how much child support you will receive or be ordered to pay by the courts, because of the many factors involved that are case specific; it is best to schedule an appointment or consultation with us so that we can look at all aspects of your child support case regardless of whether you are the
custodial parent who receives child support, or the non-custodial parent who pays child support.


If your matter is a IV-D Child Support Enforcement matter, the Agency will provide a case worker, and attorney who represent the custodial parent that is or will be receiving support. Even if the Agency is representing you, we encourage people to at least have a consultation with a private family law attorney, so that your support matter can be discussed and reviewed. If you are a person that may have to pay support, it is important that you retain your own attorney to represent you. State law does not allow for court-appointed attorneys for people that will be paying support, or when support may need to be modified, except in very limited cases of non-payment, where criminal contempt is alleged.


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Basic guidelines for child support calculation within the Carteret County NC courts:


1. There are three worksheets lawyers and child support enforcement officials work with when determining child support amounts. Worksheet A is used when a non-custodial parent does NOT have more than 122 overnights in a year with the child. Worksheet B is used when the non-custodial parent DOES has at least 123 overnight visitation with the child(ren), and when parents have “week on/week off” arrangements. Worksheet C is used when parents have more than one child and each child is in the custodial care of both parents.


2. Child support is also calculated based on how many minor children the parents have at the time of hearing, and whether either party has custody of a child from a previous relationship, or when there is a preexisting support obligation related to another child.


3. Both parents’ incomes (only parents, not step-parents) will be taken into account using the appropriate worksheet, and allowances or credits are given for the party paying for health insurance for the child, or for day care expenses, related to employment. If a 3rd party, such as a grandparent, has custody of the child, the income of both parents of the child is taken into account by the Judge.


4. Any special or extraordinary needs of the minor child may also be considered by the Judge, and that is another reason to have an attorney involved to advocate on your behalf.


I hope this brief discussion is helpful to you. Feel free to call us at
SCHULZ STEPEHENSON LAW, in Beaufort, NC at 252 728 7300 to schedule a

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