NC Child Support Question

I have 2 children, one child was adopted in North Carolina who had been a foster child, because of this we receive a monthly support payment from NCDSS/DHHS each month until he turns 18.

My question has to do with the application of this payment in regard to the child support calculator. Assuming I have a child support obligation to my wife, will the NCDSS/DHHS payment be subtracted from this obligation?


Adoption assistance payments from the State are not counted as income for either party when determining child support. The payments are not subtracted from the child support obligation however, adoption assistance payments can be a basis to deviate from the child support amount as determined by the NC Child Support Guidelines (i.e. a decrease) if the child support obligation plus the adoption assistance payments would exceed the reasonable needs of the children.

Anna Ayscue

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