Hello and thank you.
Custodial parent and 2 children reside in NC. Non-custodial parent resides in MD. No separation agreement in place, it has not yet been 366 days, so no divorce papers filed.
In attempting to come up with the appropriate amount of child support, do they use NC formula, or MD formula?
I saw an entry about using “obligor” state, which I believe (??) in this case means MD. But when dealing with 2 states with such extremely different costs of living, why would the non-custodial parent be required to calculate using MD guidelines when it isn’t costing the custodial parent anything near that amount of money to raise the 2 children in a tiny NC town? Doesn’t that leave the non-custodial parent with less ability to take care of themselves, while the custodial parent and children live “high on the hog.”
Additionally - if the CS is in fact calculated using MD formula, which state’s guidelines take precedence for actual divorce proceedings? Which state’s rules are followed? I thought it always followed the children, but am seeing some contradiction in the forum posts.
Looking for clarification. Thank you.