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How is Child Support Calculated?

How is child support determined in North Carolina? Is it a specific percentage of the non-custodial parents’ income?

No, there is not a set percentage. Child Support is calculated using the N.C. Child Support Guidelines using each party’s income, the child care expenses, the medical insurance costs for the children and any extraordinary expenses. The Guidelines can be found at

If you and your spouse’s combined income exceeds $25,000 gross per month, the Guidelines will not apply and the Court will look to the children’s actual needs and accustomed standard of living and the relative abilities of each parent to meet the children’s expenses.

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