Greetings. In North Carolina child custody and child support are totally separate issues. When worksheet A under the child support guidelines is called the “sole custody” worksheet, it has nothing to do with what type of actual custody the parents have. The words “sole custody” and “joint custody” with respect to child support are solely descriptive words.
We determine which child support guideline to use by the number of overnights each child spends with each parent, not by what type of custodial arrangements you have.
You can determine why type of custody you have by looking at the child custody order you have or the separation agreement you have. Best of luck.
Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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