Your Rights As A Parent In Divorce
North Carolina law does not favor one parent over the other in determining these arrangements. The law presumes that both parents should contribute financially and be involved in their children’s lives. The court uses the best interest of the child as the primary factor to determine custody and support arrangements, but the wishes of each parent are also taken into consideration. Even in cases of abuse and neglect, most parents are granted supervised visits with their children.
At Coltrane & Overfield PLLC, we make sure that when the court drafts your child custody and child support agreements your rights as a parent are honored.
Determining Child Support In North Carolina
North Carolina uses a set of guidelines to determine who should pay child support and the amount of money they should pay. Assuming that your annual family income prior to divorce is less than $300,000, the key factors used to determine child support include:
- The number of days each parent has the children
- Gross monthly income of each parent
- Child care costs
- Health insurance costs
- Education expenses
It’s important to have an attorney by your side when the court is determining child support payments. We can help make sure that the court is aware of any circumstance that you believe is relevant to determining child support payments.
Making Modifications To Child Support And Custody Agreements
Child support and custody agreements are drawn up with the expectation that they can be modified whenever it becomes necessary. As your children grow, they have different needs with different costs. Job changes and fluctuations in income may also make modifications to your child support or custody agreement necessary. If you or your ex-spouse’s circumstances have changed, we can help you work with the court to find a mutually agreeable way to modify your agreements.
Contact The Family Law Attorneys At Coltrane & Overfield PLLC
If you are considering or involved in a divorce, we can represent you to make sure the court honors your parental rights. Call Coltrane & Overfield PLLC at 336-691-2822 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation.