If you’ve been ordered to pay child support in North Carolina, you might want to know how the amount is calculated. While it can be a lengthy process to get the order completed and file everything in court so that the money can be taken from your payroll checks or other income sources, it usually doesn’t take long to determine how much you might have to pay.
Other court-ordered payments
One of the factors considered when deciding how much child support you might have to pay is whether either parent receives alimony or support from another relationship or marriage. This amount will usually be deducted from the support that could be needed for the child you share with the person who has filed the current order. If either party is making these payments, that will be factored in as well.
Another factor that’s often considered regarding calculations is how much each parent pays every month for household expenses. Payments could include rent or mortgage, electricity, health insurance, daycare, and school fees. Sometimes, the child support payment could be increased if the noncustodial parent doesn’t help with childcare or other fees for the child. The number of children shared between the two parties is often a factor as well as the costs associated tend to increase if there are multiple children. An attorney may assist in putting together information about what expenses to include in a parent’s file.
The incomes of both parents are usually taken into consideration. The parent who makes more money will usually have more financial responsibility than the other. If the noncustodial parent has a larger income, then a higher support payment could be ordered.
When one party decides to file for child support, the court will look at a few details before making a final decision about the final amount. At any time during the duration of making support payments, you can file an appeal to try to have the amount you pay lowered.