Child Support

Winston-Salem Child Support Lawyers

Securing Resources to Care for Children

Agreeing to Child SupportEvery parent has a responsibility to provide for his or her children. When parents are unmarried or get divorced, the non-custodial parent is generally ordered to pay child support. If you need help with a support-related or family law issue, Payne & Associates offers effective legal representation from knowledgeable and skilled child support attorneys in Winston-Salem.

Call (336) 585-8454 or contact us online to discuss your situation with our firm.

How Do You Calculate Child Support?

North Carolina has set guidelines for child support, which are based on:

  • Each parent’s income
  • The number of children
  • The custody arrangement, whether joint or shared

Additionally, parents must share the costs of childcare, education, and other expenses. One parent may be ordered to provide health insurance for the child.

Income considered for child support includes:

  • Salary or wages
  • Bonuses
  • Commissions
  • Pensions
  • Severance pay
  • Capital gains
  • Trusts or annuities
  • Social security benefits
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Unemployment
  • Disability benefits

While these state guidelines are appropriate for many families, there are situations when the standard formula is insufficient or exceeds the noncustodial parent’s ability to pay. If you are unsatisfied with the calculated support award, you can challenge the amount in a court hearing. You will have to show evidence demonstrating why an adjustment is needed. Our child support lawyers in Winston-Salem can help you determine the best way to proceed in your situation.

Can You Modify a Child Support Order?

After divorce, each party goes their separate way and is likely to experience life changes after several months or years. Sometimes these changes require a change to an existing child support order. If you believe your current child support award needs to be increased or decreased, you can petition the court for a modification. Our attorneys can evaluate your situation to determine if you have grounds to request a modification.

Please call (336) 585-8454 for more information about child support in North Carolina.

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