Winston-Salem Child Support Lawyers
Securing Resources to Care for Children
Every 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.
(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
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
- Severance pay
- Capital gains
- Trusts or annuities
- Social security benefits
- Workers’ compensation
- 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.
(336) 585-8454 for more information about child support in North Carolina.