Tharrington Smith’s Family Law attorneys understand the extraordinary personal crisis that divorce brings to spouses, children and extended family members. By working closely with each client, our experienced attorneys apply their broad knowledge and expertise to each case with the utmost sensitivity. As we guide clients through the process, we do not simply ask our clients to trust us. We work to educate them on the process, the implications of the law, and empower them to develop perspective and understand their situation better.
Of course, the financial implications of divorce can be complicated, especially when it involves child support. To help with this facet of the process, Tharrington Smith attorneys worked with software developers to build an easy-to-use Child Support Calculator that can be used to provide an estimation of payments based on the North Carolina Child Support Guidelines. The worksheets used to calculate child support are explained below.
It is important, however, to recognize that although the calculator accurately reflects the parameters of the NC Child Support Guidelines, if you are involved in a child support proceeding in North Carolina, we strongly recommend that you consult with a family lawyer to determine an appropriate child support obligation for your particular circumstances.
The Child Support Worksheets
The North Carolina Child Support Guidelines apply to the determination of child support when the combined gross income of the parents is $25,000 per month or less. The Guidelines are not applicable when the combined gross income of the parents is greater than $25,000 per month.
There are some circumstances in which application of the Guidelines is not appropriate, even when the parents’ combined gross income falls within the Guidelines range. In those situations, the parents may agree to a different amount of child support or a judge may award a different amount of child support by deviating from the Guidelines. In most cases, however, one parent will be obligated to pay monthly child support to the other parent pursuant to the Guidelines, taking into account the gross income of each parent and certain expenses paid by the parents on behalf of their child(ren).
The Guidelines use three different Worksheets* to determine the monthly child support obligation to be paid between parents, depending on how much time the child(ren) spends with each parent. The calculators below will estimate a Guidelines child support payment for each custodial situation:
- Use Worksheet A when one parent has primary physical custody of all children (i.e., all children spend more than 243 overnights per year with one parent).
- Use Worksheet B when the parents share physical custody of at least one child (i.e., the child stays with each parent for at least 123 overnights per year).
- Use Worksheet C for a split custody arrangement, when primary physical custody of two or more children is split between the parents (i.e., each parent has primary physical custody of at least one child and the parents do not share physical custody of any children).