Hello, can you tell me why the amount of child support that is paid under a split custody arrangement is 34% less than the amount paid under a joint or shared custody arrangement? The children as a whole would be in each parents house hold for the same amount of time.
Split custody is when one or more children are living primarily with one parent and one or more children are living primarily with the other parent. This is Worksheet C.
Joint custody is when each parent has the children at least 123 overnights per year (the children no split up between residences). This is Worksheet B.
Make sure you are using the correct worksheet for your situation (split custody is not common). For Worksheet C/split custody, the NC Child Support Guidelines state that “the parent with the higher child support obligation is ordered to pay the difference between his or her presumptive child support obligation and the other parent’s presumptive child support obligation.”
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