In North Carolina, parents have a legal obligation to provide financial support for their children. In many cases, parents can agree on an appropriate level of support. When there is disagreement, child support is determined by the North Carolina Child Support Guidelines. In most cases, the North Carolina Child Support Guidelines compute the appropriate level of support with a formula which takes into account each parent’s income, work-related daycare expenses for the children and the cost of the children’s health, dental and vision insurance. The guidelines are designed to set child support in all cases where the parents’ combined annual income is $300,000.00 or less. In those cases where the parents’ combined annual income exceeds $300,000.00, child support is set in an amount to meet the reasonable financial needs of the children.
North Carolina law permits deviation from the guidelines in cases where the guideline amount will not meet or will exceed the needs of the children.
The current North Carolina Child Support Guidelines are available for review by clicking the “North Carolina Child Support Guidelines” page of this site.
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