During the Separation Period – Child Support
So, what about the children? Many marriages result in children, and when a separation occurs, there must be a way for the children’s needs to be maintained. This often results in the payment of child support from one spouse to another. How much child support is paid often depends on several factors including: the custody arrangement that is in place (50-50 custody or primary custody with one parent), the gross monthly incomes of both parties, pre-existing support for other biological children, health insurance premium costs, and work-related child care costs.
North Carolina has child support guideline worksheets that calculate the amount of child support to be paid. The worksheets were updated as of January 1, 2019. As an example, Spouse A and Spouse B have two (2) minor children. If Spouse A has primary physical custody of the children, the worksheet you would use to calculate child support would be Worksheet A. Let’s say the facts are as follows:
- Spouse A gross income per month: $3,000.00
- Spouse B gross income per month: $6,000.00
- Spouse A pays for work-related child care expenses per month: $500.00
- Spouse B pays for health insurance premiums (for the children ONLY) per month: $300.00
- The parties have no other biological children
Using these numbers, Spouse B would pay monthly child support to Spouse A in the amount of $1,406.00 under Worksheet A. For more on child support, check out next week’s blog!
If you have any questions about child support, please contact Megan Schultz at The Law Group to set up a consultation! 910-251-6088