Thanks to specific child support guidelines, child support is one of the easier areas of family law to work through and understand. While it’s still a good idea to have a lawyer representing you and seeing you through the legal processes, knowing how much child support you’ll be paying is often as simple as filling out a worksheet.
North Carolina courts use a set formula to determine child support amounts. Using a standardized worksheet, the court evaluates parent income, any expenses connected to childcare, the amount of time each parent spends caring for the child, and any extraordinary expenses. All these numbers are used to calculate how much child support each parent is responsible for.
As simple as it is to estimate what you’ll have to pay in child support, things get considerably more complicated when a parent fails to make those payments. Courts can hold parents in contempt of court for failing to pay court-ordered child support; depending on how much you owe, it can even lead to an arrest and jail time.
If you’re involved in a child support dispute, the team of family law experts at Dozier Miller can help. We’ve got experience on both sides of child support cases, which gives us excellent perspective for helping both the custodial parent and the non-custodial parent.
We know the ins and outs of what courts consider when they hear child support disputes, and we’ll ensure your rights are protected. More importantly, we’ll work with you to find the best solution for your child, so your legal issues don’t threaten child-parent relationships.
No matter what causes it, the end of a marriage is an emotionally devastating event made more complex by North Carolina’s complicated filing processes. We recommend consulting one of our attorneys before you even discuss divorce.
Divorce is emotionally challenging for adults; for kids, it can be crushing. We advocate swift, peaceful resolutions so kids can regain stability post-divorce. We’ll walk you through the benefits and challenges of each custody scenario to find the one that best serves you and your children.
For many people, considering a divorce also means taking a hard look at your financial situation, and wondering how it may change if you end your marriage. Our divorce attorneys are well versed in all the financial aspects of ending a marriage, and their experience negotiating spousal support and alimony means you don’t need a separate alimony lawyer.
Marriages involve a lot of STUFF: vehicles, houses, bank accounts, household appliances and furniture, your movie collection, and much, much more. While most people assume divorce means splitting all of your possessions 50/50, that’s not always the case. An equitable distribution attorney can help steer you through the court’s distribution of your marital property, ensuring you receive a fair share.
In North Carolina, a divorce is a two-step process: at least 365 days of separation followed by the absolute divorce. We’ll advise you on the tough questions and help you draft agreements so nothing is left open to multiple interpretations.
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