North Carolina law mandates that, in the majority of cases, both parents must contribute to a child’s upbringing, even if the parents have divorced. What this means is that, in most cases, the noncustodial parent will be compelled to make monthly child support payments. The payment amount will vary depending on the parent’s income — there is a formula in place to sort this out. Generally speaking, the funds go toward supporting the child’s upbringing and the purchase of clothes, food, medicine, school supplies and related expenses.
Although the process is relatively straightforward, it is not without complexity. At times the noncustodial parent will refuse to make payments. At times the stipulated payment amount may be unreasonably high, such that the supporting parent is legitimately unable to meet his or her obligations.
Our firm can help. Since 2011, the legal team at The Patterson Law Office, PLLC, has assisted parents in Charlotte and throughout the region in their efforts to reach viable child support agreements. We understand the court system. We understand parents’ concerns. We’re passionate about our work, and always ready to assist.
Child Support Enforcement
Our state’s family courts have tried to make child support as simple as possible. Nevertheless, difficulties arise frequently. When they do, parents often find they are difficult to resolve without the help of a qualified attorney.
In cases where the supporting parent refuses to make payments, our firm can help leverage the legal system to enforce restitution. There are a number of legal tools at our disposal to compel delinquent parents to pay. These include:
- Wage or paycheck deductions
- Federal income tax intercepts
- Driver’s license suspensions
- Passport restrictions
- Contempt of court actions (which may result in additional fines or jail time)
Support payments are absolutely necessary to a child’s welfare. Our firm can help ensure such decrees are honored.
Child Support Modifications
Child support agreements are living documents. As the living situation of the supporting parent changes, it may entail changing the amount of support paid. If, for example, a parent takes a new job, it may impact his or her ability to make payments. At times, it’s possible to increase the amount of support. At times, it’s necessary to decrease it. The Patterson Law Office, PLLC, will work to make sure support agreements reflect parents’ current living situations, and are reasonable and feasible.