A New Bern Family Law Firm Experienced in Child Support and Modification
Along with child custody, child support can become one of the most stressful and difficult aspects of divorce settlement. Both parents want what is best for their children, and that includes providing the support necessary to secure your child’s well-being. However, the issues of child support go much deeper than financial payments and include multiple variables to determine the appropriate payment arrangement. This is why it is necessary to seek representation from an experienced New Bern family law attorney who understands the complexities of child support.
Child Support Guidelines in North Carolina
Using the North Carolina Child Support Guidelines, the payment structure is based on a very specific formula. However, there are multiple variables that affect this formula, which is why it’s important to partner with an experienced family lawyer who is well-versed in these variables. These factors include:
- Gross income, including commissions, bonuses, and self-employment pay.
- Child support payments to other children
- Custody arrangements, including how many overnight visits a non-custodial parent gets each month.
- Health care premiums
- Daycare costs
- Education costs, such as private school tuition
All of these play a roll in calculating child support, and we use our experience with the guidelines to ensure the best possible outcome for you and your children.
Benefits of a Family Law Attorney During Child Support Cases
While having a formula and set variables may make it seem cut and dried when determining child support, in reality most aspects of the formula aren’t that straight forward. Having a skilled family law attorney in New Bern to represent you and your interests ensures that all the factors are considered properly.
For example, if one spouse is an independent contractor, owns rental property, or owns their own business, determining gross income is more complicated. We strive to make sure that all necessary information is accurate and considered correctly in order to determine the appropriate support payment for your situation.
Consult with a Family Lawyer for Child Support Modifications
While it’s common to review child support payments every few years, if circumstances change in between those reviews or the other parent is seeking modifications that you feel are unnecessary, a member of our Craven County family law firm can help you. Just like child custody modification, child support modification requires a fairly significant change in circumstances, such as:
- A change in employment status
- Increase or decrease in the primary custodial parent’s income
- An increase or decrease in the secondary custodial parent’s income
- Changes in the needs of the child, such as medical costs, daycare costs, or education
Contact a Craven County Family Law Firm for Your Child Support Case
Whether you need to determine child support payments during a separation agreement or divorce, or you need the amount modified, it’s important to have an attorney by your side to protect your rights. To schedule a consultation with one of our New Bern family lawyers, call 252-320-7399 or fill out our contact form below.
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