Child Support Assistance


#1

My ex wife and I currently have joint custody of our 2 children. Currently there is no child support being paid. The children are with me on a week on/week off basis. They use my address to go to school. On the weeks my ex has them, she drops them off with me at 7:30 in the morning and picks them up at 8pm. Just in time to put them to bed. The way that I read the North Carolina Child Support Guidlines they only count “nights with each parent”. This is a significant financial and emotional burden, yet my ex refuses to provide any means of support for this time. I can’t even get her to pay her bills that are left over from the divorce (Joint Credit Card that she is responsible for, but cannot refinance).

I believe the best solution is to take her to court for Custody, but at this time, I cannot afford the court costs. Any help would be appreciated.

-Brian


#2

Child support is based on the number of overnights the children spend with each parent. You may pursue custody on your own to determine a schedule where you have the children overnight. Many counties offer self serve clinics that can help you with this.


#3

Can I claim the added cost on the Child Support Worksheet at least? I am concerned about going back to court because it isn’t very common here in NC for a Father to get primary custody except in extreme circumstances from what I have seen.

Also, I could not find a self help clinic in Wake County, only a referral number for assistance. It would be great to know if Law Firms around here offer financing too! My divorce was a cleark divorce, but I am paying the price now on the custody piece.


#4

If you do not have the children for any overnights, you will not be entitled to receive support. Many law firms charge hourly rates.