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How is Child Support Calculated?

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How is Child Support Calculated?

Child Support is support paid from one parent to the other to meet the reasonable needs of children for their health, education and maintenance.  Generally, both parents have a legal obligation to support their children and the presumptive amount of child support to be paid is based on the Child Support Guidelines for combined gross incomes of up to $360,000 per year ($30,000 per month). 

What is considered income?  Income is money received from any source, including, but not limited to, employment wages, bonuses, commissions, and business and investment income.

What else is considered in determining child support? 

  • The numbers of overnights the children reside with each parent.
  • The cost for a parent to provide health insurance coverage for the children.
  • Work-related child care expenses.
  • Extraordinary expenses, such as special, primary and secondary school expenses, and transportation costs between parents’ homes.
  • Child support payments being made for the benefit of other children.

Of course, exceptions to these general provisions apply depending of the facts of your case.  At Hatcher Law Group, our attorneys have many years of experience negotiating and litigating child support matters.  Call us today to schedule a consultation and remember to bring with you any documents you believe would assist us in providing you with specific legal advice.


Dan Lewis is a Family Law Attorney in Charlotte, NC and represents clients in matters including divorcechild custodychild supportdomestic violence, and more.  He is also a North Carolina certified family financial mediator.

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