The courts do not take Child support laws in North
Carolina lightly. Falling behind in court-ordered child
support payments is actually contempt of court. A
warrant may be issued for the arrest of a person who has
not met these legal financial obligations. Property may
be attached and punishment may include a fine or
imprisonment. It is best to seek legal counsel and
representation by an attorney when such important
commitments as child support are arranged and discussed.
Child support is, unfortunately, not always a one-time
determination. As your financial circumstances change,
it frequently becomes necessary to petition the court
for alterations in the child support arrangements. The
awarding of sole, joint or split custody will affect the
calculated amount due for child support.
Circumstances that may result in a change in child
support determinations are:
Competent legal advice is important to you and your
child. There are many variables, such as payment of
health insurance premiums, payment of private tutoring,
schooling or needed counseling for your child.
Additionally, it is important to consider tax benefits
and penalties for different child support options. You
have legal rights and protections, which need to be
addressed when child support amounts are
- When there are extraordinary medical costs of
either parent or child
- When there is a loss of income, such as an
employment layoff or a new medical disability
- When there are special needs of a disabled child
- Insurance premium changes or expiration of COBRA
benefits for the child's coverage
- A change in custody arrangement
- The parties' agreement to alter support
The State of North Carolina generally
calculates child support payment guidelines based upon
custody categories and the gross income of each party.
The Raleigh, North Carolina law firm of Ullman and
Allen understands the financial repercussions of
divorce, separation and child support issues. Our
attorneys have experience and expertise in the North
Carolina and federal tax laws that affect you at this
time of turmoil.
Our lawyers know the rights and the protections that
are built into child support law. Contact us at
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