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When parents of underage children divorce in North Carolina, child support will likely be part of the final separation agreement.
Child support is money paid from one spouse to another to house, feed, clothe, educate and ensure the health and well-being of their children. Because of the effect that child support will have on a child’s life, and the financial impact it can have on parents, developing and maintaining a proper child support agreement is one of the most important aspects of a divorce.
Charles R. Ullman & Associates can help Cary and Wake County residents to develop, modify or enforce child support agreements. This starts with providing an initial consultation about your child support problem and how to resolve it. Schedule a meeting today by calling us or submitting our online contact form.
North Carolina law establishes a divorced parent’s financial obligations through child support payments that must meet the “reasonable needs” of the child and that will depend on the “relative abilities” of the parents to support the child.
A parent with custody of a child who is not yet 18 years old or who is 18 but still in secondary school may seek child support as part of a divorce in North Carolina. Additional agreements – such as to provide for a college education – or certain exceptions may also affect child support payments.
Child support orders are typically obtained through the court as part of a separation, divorce or annulment or by filing a separate civil action. A divorcing couple pursuing mediation may draft an agreement, which is later incorporated into the final court order granting divorce.
The N.C. Child Support Guidelines provide a worksheet and factors for the court to consider in setting child support payments. Primary considerations include:
The court may order weekly or monthly payments to be made in cash or through property transfers.
In an amicable divorce, providing for the children involved does not have to be a problem. The child’s past, current and anticipated expenses can be calculated, and an appropriate child support payment can be determined. Even in a contentious divorce, the court can do this work.
But, there are times when either parent – custodial or non-custodial, receiving or paying child support – will need help with a child support agreement.
At Charles R. Ullman & Associates, our child support attorneys can help you:
The child support lawyers of Charles R. Ullman & Associates have helped many parents in Cary and elsewhere in Wake County with child support agreements. We can assist and advise you whether you are on the paying or receiving end of financial support for your children. We can represent your interests, as well as your child’s, before a judge.
If you have concerns about developing an appropriate child support agreement as part of your separation and divorce, the child support lawyers of Charles R. Ullman & Associates can answer your questions. Charles R. Ullman is a board-certified Family Law Specialist, and our entire legal staff is dedicated to providing compassionate and professional legal assistance to clients in Cary and throughout Wake County who are divorcing.
Contact us today by phone or through our online form to set up an initial consultation.
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