Child Support

Child Support

An action for the support of a minor child may be brought by any parent or person having or seeking custody. Parents must financially support their children until they reach the age of 18 and have graduated from high school. The court considers the amount of child support based upon each party’s income, as well as other expenses such as work-related child care costs, medical insurance premium, as well as others. Though the NC Child Support Guidelines are accessible online, people often do not understand the complexities of this calculating process. We consistently find people who have misused and misunderstood the Guidelines. For example, in certain circumstances, the Child Support Guidelines do not even apply.

Determining a party’s gross income can be complicated, particularly when someone owns a business or if one’s income is affected by factors such as overtime, shift differentials, perks (e.g., use of company vehicle), bonuses, incentive pay, income from outside sources, net rental income, interest income from investments, non-taxable benefits and allowances, retirement, social security, and disability income, and unemployment benefits. Responsibility for other natural or adopted children can also affect the calculation, as well as children with special needs. Furthermore, there are issues that affect the calculations such as those who have quit jobs, been fired, laid off, changed jobs, or have chosen to be unemployed or underemployed. These are just a few reasons to consult with Warren & Warren, P.A. concerning child support matters.


Warren & Warren, P.A. can assist with enforcing court orders and separation agreements that deal with child support where the paying spouse fails to meet their obligation. Often, the party that fails to comply without a legally justifiable excuse will be subject to reimbursing the wronged party a portion of their attorney fees expended to pursue enforcement, in the discretion of the court.


Child support may be reduced or increased if there has been a “substantial change in circumstances” since the prior court order. This change could be a child’s needs increasing such as the need for a tutor, counseling, or increased cost of health insurance. From the other perspective, the change could be the paying parent could have lost his or her job through no fault of their own and despite diligent efforts, cannot find a job that pays as much. In North Carolina, if it has been more than three years since the prior child support order, with certain factors, child support may be increased or decreased.