The NC Child Support Guidelines determine the formula of how much a parent will owe in child support. But, the Judge may deviate from these guidelines. This is often referred to as child support deviation.
There are many factors a Judge will use in determining child support calculations. In North Carolina, child support is calculated primarily by gross monthly income (pre-tax salary or wages) of the parents versus what is paid out as far as other child support, health insurance, and daycare.
Obtaining Child Support Deviation in NC
Courts may deviate from the NC Child Support Guidelines based on the best interest of the child. Proper notice must be given to the Court and opposing party should one party seek a deviation. Local Rules of Court and Civil Procedure dictate timing of the notice. As these deadlines may differ from