Both parents have a duty and obligation to support their children. In North Carolina there are guidelines that determine what specific support is required based on various factors. According to the North Carolina Courts, there are four primary factors to take into consideration when calculating child support;
• The mother’s monthly gross income.
• The father’s monthly gross income.
• The children’s portion of the monthly health insurance premium.
• The work-related childcare costs.
The duty of child support normally terminates once the child becomes 18 years old or graduates from high school, whichever last occurs. If the supporting parents fails to make child support payments, he or she can be held in contempt of court. The aggrieved party has different options available to them to enforce child support orders that can be discussed during a consultation with an attorney. Child support, custody, and visitations may be altered or changed if a party can show by evidence that a substantial change in circumstances has occurred which effects those matters.