Child Support Lawyer
In North Carolina, child support is the obligation of every parent. It is not intended to be a punishment by one parent against the other, but rather seeks to preserve the minor child’s well-being by ensuring that he or she receives the same support as if the parents still lived together. To assist with this, the courts will evaluate each parent’s income through use of the child support guidelines.
In determining child support, each parent must carefully evaluate the other parties’ claims of income to ensure that the outcome fairly represents the guidelines determination. If a parent misrepresents their stated income and expenses, it can grossly affect the result in the case.
In some instances, a court may deviate from the guidelines upon a determination that the guidelines are unjust, either because the calculations are inadequate or in excess of what would reasonably meet the child’s needs.