The law requires both parents to share the financial responsibility of supporting their child(ren). The North Carolina Child Support Guidelines include three separate worksheets to help determine a parent’s obligation. The worksheets vary based on the level of custody and visitation. The guidelines calculate the support obligation based on each parent’s gross income. Extra expenses, such as childcare and health insurance, are also added into the equation. Child support payments are typically paid until a child graduates from high school or reaches eighteen, whichever occurs later. Parents can enter into child support obligations either voluntarily (negotiated, for example, in a separation agreement) or through a court-order (mandated, for example, following a hearing). Because these matters can have a large impact on one’s future financial obligations, it is wise to seek the assistance of counsel. Call us now to schedule a consultation with the Law Offices of Ryan B. Addison.