The Law Office of James Tyler Brooks, in Cary, NC, represents clients with child support claims in Wake County. We can achieve resolution of child support claims in a separation agreement or before a judge in North Carolina family court. Whenever possible, we seek to negotiate and settle these claims out of court, to achieve a faster, more cost-effective resolution.
North Carolina Child Support Guidelines
North Carolina has adopted child support guidelines which create a rebuttable presumption of the reasonable monthly amount of child support. Because these guidelines are presumptive, our courts tend follow them in most circumstances. Click here to use child support calculators provided by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
Note: North Carolina’s child support guidelines do not apply where the combined adjusted gross income of the parties is greater than $300,000 per year.
Separation Agreement v. Judicial Order
Child support claims can be negotiated and settled in a separation agreement. Parents may elect to resolve their child support issues in a separation agreement for a variety of reasons. For instance, a court cannot order a parent to contribute to a child’s college education. However, the parents may negotiate an arrangement, within their separation agreement, that addresses a child’s college expenses.