Paternity and legitimation

If paternity has not been established by operation of law or affidavit prior to filing for child support, additional steps may need to be taken before child support may be entered.  Read more...

To speak with a Charlotte child support attorney regarding your custody situation, call 704-412-1442.

NC Child Support Guidelines

Child support in North Carolina is governed by the NC Child Support Guidelines. NC courts consider numerous factors when determining whether child support should be paid, and if so, how much should be paid. The most important of these factors include (but are not limited to):  the income of each parent; the annual number of overnights each parent has with the child(ren); the cost of work-related daycare; health insurance costs; other children each parent is primarily responsible for; existing child support obligations, any extraordinary expenses associated with the child(ren).

​When the combined incomes of the parents involved exceeds $25,000 a month, the guidelines cannot be used to determine a support amount, but may be of assistance to the court in determining a minimum support level.

In other circumstances, by motion of the court or either party and after considering all relevant evidence, a court may also deviate from the guidelines if it finds that application of the guidelines would not meet, or would exceed, the reasonable needs of the child(ren) considering the relative ability of each parent to provide support, or would otherwise be unjust or inappropriate.

To speak with a Charlotte child support attorney regarding your specific situation, call 704-412-1442.

Registration of foreign Support Orders

NC Law considers any support order that was entered in a state other than NC to be a "foreign" order. Prior to enforcing or possibly modifying these out-of-state orders in NC, the order must be registered here.  Read more...

Contempt of a Support Order

If one party does not abide by the terms of a child support agreement or order, the other party may have remedies in contract law and contempt to force compliance.  Read on...

CHILD Custody

Child custody is a completely separate action from child support, although the two claims are often brought simultaneously.  A court determines custody by using the "best interests of the child" standard.  Read on...

Modification of Child Support

Child support arrangements will typically be in effect until the child(ren) reaches the age of 18 (or 20 if still in High School), becomes emancipated, or longer if both parties agree.  Support arrangements may be issued on a temporary or permanent basis, but are ALWAYS modifiable.  Whether your child support arrangement is negotiated through a separation agreement, mediated into a parenting plan, agreed to as part of a consent order, or actually ordered by a judge, the provisions can always be changed in the future.  For example, a paying parent may request a reduction in child support obligations if he or she loses his or her job and faces a substantial decrease in income, or if there is a change in the custodial arrangement of the child(ren).  However, such a change by itself may not be enough to warrant a modification.


Our Support lawyer can help:

*Negotiate child support provisions as part of a  separation agreement or consent order.

* File for support and represent you at trial.

* Modify an existing child support order. 

* Enforce a current order through contempt.

* Register an out of state support order in NC.

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To speak with a Charlotte child support attorney regarding your child support matter, call 704-412-1442.


charlotte Child Support Lawyer

Our Charlotte child support attorney is well versed in NC laws, and is able to help with child support matters in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties.  Any person having custody of a minor child, or bringing an action for custody, may institute an action for support for such child.  If paternity has not been established by operation of law or affidavit, additional steps may need to be taken prior to filing for child support. The parties in a child support matter can either agree to a support level on their own through a separation agreement or consent order, or may rely on a court to make a determination of reasonable support. NC courts consider numerous factors when determining whether child support should be paid, and if so, how much should be paid.  Per N.C.G.S. § 50-13.4, payments ordered for the support of a minor child shall be in such amount as to meet the reasonable needs of the child for health, education, and maintenance, having due regard to the estates, earnings, conditions, accustomed standard of living of the child and the parties, the child care and homemaker contributions of each party, and other facts of the particular case. Once established, the amount of child support may be modified in the future, depending on a number of factors.

Our attorney is experienced and ready to help with all aspects of child support disputes, including: filing suit and proceeding towards trial for initial determinations; modifications of existing child support orders; negotiating a child support settlement through a separation agreement or consent order; or registering an out of state child support order for enforcement and modification in NC.  We can help. ​ 

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10130 Mallard Creek Rd

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Charlotte, NC 28262

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Child Support Lawyer