My spouse and I are ready to begin divorce proceedings in NC (have been separated 1 year and have lived in NC over 6 months). We already did property division in the separation agreement, and she is not seeking alimony. We do have 1 minor child, so she will be seeking child support. “Will be” because I am currently unemployed and looking for work, and she is understanding of my situation.
My first question is can we do an absolute (uncontested) divorce now and do custody/child support later?
My second question goes into the custody/child support issue more… Our child lives with her about half the time and with my parents the other half (maybe even a little bit more with my parents). I am with our child every weekend at my parents (who live very close to the school and everything else our child is involved in) and 1-2 times during the week. Since my spouse works two jobs, she rarely spends quality time with our child. My parents and I (although more so my parents currently) certainly contribute financially towards raising our child.
My second question is, assuming for argument’s sake that the situation I explained above remains basically the same and she gets full custody, how will everything above figure (if at all) into how much child support I will pay?