Our attorneys are ready to help with child support matters in Durham County. Any person having custody of a minor child can action for support for such child. If paternity is in question, additional steps may need to be taken prior to filing for child support. Ideally both parties would agree upon suitable financial support, but that’s not always the case. It may be necessary for the court to make a determination of reasonable support. We’ll clearly explain the process and stay by your side from start to finish.
Child Support Factors
There are many factors the NC courts will consider when determining if financial support is warranted and if so how much. Per N.C.G.S. § 50-13.4, payments ordered for the support of a minor child shall be in such amount as to meet the reasonable needs of the child for health, education, and maintenance, having due regard to the estates, earnings, conditions, accustomed standard of living of the child and the parties, the child care and homemaker contributions of each party, and other facts of the particular case. Once established, the amount of child support may be modified in the future, depending on a number of factors. The legal definition leaves plenty of room for negotiation. Our attorney are ready to negotiate for you and your child or children.
We will support you through the entire process of child support disputes, including:
- filing suit and proceeding towards trial for initial determinations
- modifications of existing child support orders
- negotiating a support settlement through a separation agreement or consent order
Child Support Guidelines
If the court is needed to resolve a your issue, it will consider the income of each parent and the annual number of overnights each parent has with the child(ren), as well as costs including daycare, health insurance, existing child support obligations, any extraordinary expenses associated with the child(ren). Support orders can be changed, so it’s important to speak to an attorney whenever a change of circumstance has a financial impact on your income. For example, a loss of a job often leads to a modification, but it doesn’t necessarily mean the arrangement will be modified.
If you are facing a child support issue, we know what you’re going through. We’ve help other through this difficult process. First step is to contact us and schedule a consultation. After listening carefully to you and gaining an understanding of your situation, we’ll explain your legal options. Let our Durham attorneys help with your child support issue.