Schedule B is used when both parents have the children at least 1/3 of the overnights in a year and share expenses for the children. Child support is an obligation of both parents, and the guideline amounts are set with that in mind. In a typical child support calculation, three things factor into the guideline amount: the parties incomes, work-related childcare costs, and the children’s medical insurance. Worksheet B also includes a further adjustment based on the number of overnights with each parent. There is no requirement that clothes or school activities be split in proportion to the parents’ percentage of total income (the 75/25 calculation). The guidelines assume that the amount awarded is enough to meet the reasonable needs of the children. Unreimbursed medical expenses are sometimes split in proportion to the parents’ percentage of total income, but not clothes or school expenses. A judge can award that “extraordinary expenses” be added to the basic child support obligation, and thus it is possible for “extra activities” to be included in the calculation, but absent a judge’s ruling on that or the parties’ agreement, those expenses are not added to the amount.
Finally, a party has the right to ask a judge to “deviate” from the guideline amount, and that is a potential avenue for you to explore if you want to make the argument that the Worksheet B calculation and the number of overnights with each of you doesn’t yield an amount that you feel is fair given your circumstances.
David L. McGuire
The Rosen Law Firm
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 200
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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