When a couple divorces, the non-custodial parent makes ongoing, court-ordered payments to the parent who has custody of the child. These payments help cover the child’s reasonable needs and expenses. The parties work out a child support payment amount in a separation agreement or consent order, or the court orders an amount after a trial. Continue reading “When and How Can I Modify Child Support in North Carolina?”
When a marriage ends in North Carolina, or when unmarried people who have a child break up, both parents are responsible for providing support to their child or children. However, the court generally assumes that the parent who has sole or primary physical custody of the child (the “custodial parent”) is paying child support “by default” — meaning that the custodial parent is most likely spending the required amount of child support directly on the child as long as they’re providing adequate day-to-day care.