Under North Carolina Statutes, child support consists of the ongoing maintenance payments made by one parent to another for the financial support and care of their children when a relationship or marriage has been terminated. In other words, if you are the parent of a child who you no longer live on a day-to-day basis, you could be required to pay child support. There is no requirement that you have been married to your child’s other parent, or even that you have a relationship with them. All that is required is that you are the legal or biological parent of a child that lives with the other parent or someone else (foster care, government agency, adopted parent, etc.)
The calculation of child support in North Carolina is governed by statute. In order to make an accurate calculation of child support, you must know the gross income of both parents, how many days the child is scheduled to stay with each parent in a calendar year, what the health insurance expenses are for the child (and who pays them), and whether there are any child care expenses (and who pays them). Since it is possible for these variables to change over time, in certain circumstances you can request a modification of your child support payment.
You should also be aware that unlike alimony, child support is not taxable to the person who receives it, nor is it tax-deductible to the person who pays it. However, determining who the custodial parent will be does carry with it various tax ramifications, such as who will claim the child as a dependent, who is entitled to the child tax credit, and who can claim head of household status on their tax return.
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