A Simple Guide on How Child Support Is Calculated in NC

Child Support Payments A Simple Guide on How Child Support Is Calculated in NC

A Simple Guide on How Child Support Is Calculated in NC

Separating from a partner is never easy, especially when a child is involved. Single parents, or those who take care of the child more than 50% of the time, are often entitled to receive court-ordered child support, which can greatly improve a child's quality of life. Many single parents wonder how child support is calculated in NC.

Each state has its own set of guidelines for child support, and we will cover North Carolina below. If your ex-partner refuses to pay for child support, DoNotPay can help you write a child support demand letter in as little as a few minutes.

North Carolina Child Support Calculations

Generally speaking, child support amounts are calculated using a formula that scares many people away due to its perceived complexity: CS = K (HN - (H%)(TN)). The following table explains what each element means:

FormulaCS = K (HN - (H%) (TN))
CSThe child support amount
KTotal of both parents' net income that can be used for child support
HNStands for high net, or the disposable income the higher-earning parent brings in per month
H%The percentage of time that the higher earner will physically have the child in comparison to the other parent
TNThe monthly disposable income of both parents combined

Although it looks like the stuff of Algebra nightmares, you don't have to worry about calculating child support amounts by hand. The North Carolina Division of Child Support Services has an online calculator to make the process far easier, but some elements can still be confusing. If you need further explanation or help with the online calculator, you can call the customer service center at 1-800-992-9457.

What if the Other Parent Refuses to Pay for Child Support?

If your ex-partner fails to make child support payments, the state of North Carolina has plenty of measures that can encourage prompt child support payments, such as:

  • Hits to credit report
  • Liens on property
  • Suspension of professional or driver's license
  • Holds on tax refunds
  • Hefty fines

If, after these measures are taken, your ex-partner still refuses to pay for court-ordered child support, they may face criminal charges and see jail time. Before they can face such repercussions, you may have to submit a child support demand letter.

Writing a Child Support Demand Letter on Your Own

Many single parents feel understandably anxious about contacting an ex-partner in general or about money, especially if they aren't in regular contact. Plus, your child support demand letter must include all of the required elements in order to be considered valid. Here are five steps to write a child support demand letter on your own::

  1. Add today's date to the top of the page
  2. Address your ex-partner in a formal manner
  3. Remind your ex-partner of the court-ordered child support agreement
  4. Give your ex-partner a date by which you must receive the child support payment, at least 14 days from the date you send the letter
  5. Include a statement that failure to pay on time may result in legal action

Once you're done writing your child support demand letter, you will have to send it to your ex-partner and wait for a response. You won't be able to take any further action until after the deadline you set, though it's understandable that it can be hard to wait.

If the due date passes without contact or payment from your ex-partner, you will be able to contact a local child support department or law enforcement agency, who can help you collect your payments.

Why Use DoNotPay in Finding How Child Support Is Calculated in North Carolina

If you are the type of person who likes to DIY everything, calculating the amount of child support you are entitled to be not something you should risk. Remember that your child’s life is involved and trying to figure things out by yourself in this situation can hurt you legally.

Here are some qualities that DoNotPay is known for when it comes to solving legal issues:

  • DoNotPay is simple. We made the steps short and relevant so you don’t have to stress.  As soon as we have all the necessary details, all the hard work will be done on our end.
  • We are fast. Eliminating irrelevant procedures and cutting down on wait times ensures you get to end your child support woes sooner.
  • We guarantee success. Knowing all legal aspects of the problems ensures you get the best results possible.

How to Write a Child Support Demand Letter Using DoNotPay

If writing a demand letter on your own sounds intimidating or scary, you're not alone. DoNotPay can handle most of the work for you after you follow these three easy steps:

  1. Search child support on DoNotPay and enter the details of the person who owes the payments.


  2. Tell us more about the payment schedule, including the amount and frequency of the payments, the last payment they made and number of missed payments, and how much they owe you in total.


  3. Confirm your contact information and select whether you want us to mail or email the letter on your behalf. Choose how you would like to receive the payment and verify your signature.


And that's it! We'll get right to work on drafting a letter and sending it to your ex-partner, allowing you to focus on taking excellent care of your child. With DoNotPay, you don't have to fret about including all of the required elements, and you don't even have to worry about sending the letter itself- we'll do all of that for you!

What Else Can DoNotPay Do?

Besides helping you request child support payments, DoNotPay can also help you with:

If your to-do list is stressing you out, visit DoNotPay today to see which tasks we can do for you.

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