In most cases, the trial court will determine what amount of child support, if any, will be paid by one parent to the other based upon the North Carolina's Child Support Guidelines. Mr. Kelso will provide a copy of the guidelines at your initial consultation. A computer program is available to accurately determine the amount of child support. A number of factors determine the amount of child support including the income of the parties, cost for child care, cost of health insurance, other child support being ordered to be paid, etc. In some cases, the court will deviate from the guidelines where there are grounds to do so.
If a party loses his or her employment, experiences a change in income, or change in custody, it is imperative that a motion be immediately filed to modify the amount of child support being paid. Courts will generally not retroactively modify child support. If there has been a change in financial circumstances that requires a change in the amount of child support, e.g., a substantial increase or decrease in income, it is important that a motion to modify child support be immediately filed. As a general rule the court will also not retroactively modify a child support arrearage.Please consult an attorney for advice about your individual situation. This site and its information is not legal advice, nor is it intended to be. Feel free to get in touch by electronic mail, letters, or phone calls. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship. Until an attorney-client relationship is established, please withhold from sending any confidential information to us. The North Carolina Supreme Court licenses all lawyers in the general practice of law, but does not license or certify any lawyer as an expert or specialist in any field of practice.