Child Support Calculator
In North Carolina, parents generally have the duty to support their minor children until they turn eighteen, become emancipated, or graduate from high school, but in no case past the age of twenty. This obligation is known as “child support.”
There are various situations which may require the court to deviate from the standard guidelines, including cases where the amount calculated by the guidelines is insufficient to meet the children’s reasonable needs, or cases involving high income families where the parents’ combined income is over $25,000 per month. Also, the North Carolina guidelines assume that the parent who receives child support is the same parent who claims the tax exemption for the children. Depending on the relative incomes of the parents, the court may reassign this tax exemption, which would again require a deviation from the guidelines.
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Please be aware that this child support calculator is provided for informational purposes only and this page is not meant to be considered legal advice.
When parents separate and divorce, child support is calculated using presumptive guidelines which are mandated by statute. The court uses these guidelines to come up with an amount of child support that is reasonable, considering the income of both parents and the needs of the children. For your convenience, you can use the child support calculator provided on this page to provide you with an estimate of what you might expect to see in your own child support case. Before you start, you will want to have handy the following information: gross monthly income for both yourself and the other parent, the number of overnights the children spend with each parent per year, the amount either parent pays in child support for children from prior relationships, as well as the amounts that either parent pays for health insurance premiums and work-related child care for your children.
The term “income” is meant to be construed broadly and includes money received from all sources including work, rental property, business ownership, retirement, state benefits, and gifts. Non-recurring income is also likely to be included in the court’s analysis. If a parent has remarried, the court generally does not consider the new spouse’s income in their child support calculation.
View our Child Support Information page for more information on Child Support in North Carolina.
Disclaimer: The information Provided on this website was prepared by and for Sodoma Law, P.C. and is intended for informational purposes only and not, in any way, considered legal advice. This calculation is based on North Carolina Child Support Guidelines and will calculate child support based on a primary, shared or split custody arrangement. This calculation will not support any deviations from the North Carolina Child Support Guidelines or families earning more than $25,000 in combined monthly gross income. For families earning more than $25,000 per month, he or she should seek counsel from a competent family law attorney.
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