Child Support Inquiry

When child support is calculated are the expenses of the parents considered or do the courts just take whatever the worksheet spits out? The cost of maintaining 2 households can be expensive.

Household expenses are not considered when calculating child support. The only expenses that the parents get credit for are work-related childcare, medical insurance premiums, extraordinary expenses related to the child, prior child support orders for other children, and other biological children living with a parent that are not subject to the instant child support case.

The courts will usually accept the amount that the child support worksheet calculates unless there is a good reason to deviate from that amount or the parties agree to deviate.

Anna Ayscue

Attorney with Rosen Law Firm Cary • Chapel Hill • Durham • Raleigh • Wake Forest

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