Child Support amounts are calculated using the statutory tables found in the North Carolina Child Support Guidelines. In some situations, the guidelines are not appropriate so support amounts are determined through an analysis of the needs of the child.
The state guidelines apply to parents who have a combined annual gross income of $300,000 or less. If their combined annual income is more than $300,000, the parents can work out child support payments themselves; or if they cannot agree, the court will decide what their financial obligations are to their child or children.
The Child Support Guidelines employ different worksheets depending on the actual physical split of custodial overnights. When the non-custodial parent has less than 123 overnights with the child, worksheet A is used to compute child support. When the non-custodial parent has more than 123 overnights with the child, worksheet B is generally used which results in a lower support amount.