North Carolina Child Support Calculator

Custodial Parent
Non-Custodial Parent
Number of children*
Gross Monthly Income*
Monthly pre-existing child support payment
Monthly responsibility for other children
Monthly Work-related child care costs
Monthly Health Insurance premium costs - child’s/children’s portion only
Monthly Extraordinary expenses

Disclaimer: This child support calculator is for informational purposes only. The Court will decide itself how much of child support you’ll have to pay or receive. Our calculator try to take into consideration as many factors as possible, and is made based on the most recent Guidelines, but the Court will set the final amount.

The child support calculator here estimates the amount that could be owed for supporting minor children. Should you be involved in a child support case in North Carolina, it is suggested that you consult with a family lawyer. The lawyer will be able to determine the appropriate obligations for your unique circumstances.

The North Carolina child support calculator aims to help parents get an idea of how much they will be expected to pay in child support every month. Child support is normally paid by the non-custodial parent. North Carolina child support is determined by using a formula established by the Conference of Chief District Court Judges. The formula applies to couples who have a yearly income of $360 000 (or less). This calculator calculates the value of expected child support that will have to be paid based on factors such as custody, income, and child-related costs within North Carolina.

Child Support in North Carolina

Child support cases in North Carolina are dealt with by the Child Support Enforcement Program (CSE). Should you have the desire to apply for child support, it will be necessary to fill in an application. Such an application can be accessed online through the CSE website or from your nearest office. If you do not receive public assistance, there is an annual and non-refundable fee of $25 for services.

Services offered include:

  • Determining paternity
  • Determining child support obligations
  • Finding non-custodial parents
  • Enforcing ordered support orders
  • Collecting and disbursing child support payments

How to Determine the Amount of Child Support?

It is only natural for child support cases to be a stressful experience. The state of North Carolina has formulas set to determine child support, but there is more to it than that. Other elements are ‘open to interpretation’ and sometimes need to be attended to by an experienced family attorney.

Factors such as the cost of daycare and healthcare expenses are also considered when child support is determined.

Note that the Guidelines in North Carolina are applied to parents whose combined income is less than $360000 a year.

Once the court has determined and awarded child support obligations, it must be paid until the child in question graduates high school or turns 18, whichever happens last. If a child is emancipated, child support payments will be ceased.

How much of my paycheck will go to child support?

When it comes to child support, it is only the non-custodial parent’s income that is taken into consideration. The average percentage of this parent’s income dedicated to child support is 25% percent per child.

What happens if the non-custodial parent will not pay?

Should a non-custodial parent not pay the amount that he or she is obligated to, the custodial parent can notify the CSE. There are several ways that child support orders can be enforced. This includes:

  • Garnishing wages
  • Intercepting the parent’s tax refunds
  • Collecting owed payments directly

What is wage withholding and how does it work?

In the state of North Carolina, child support orders are usually enforced by collecting owed payments through wage withholding. That means that the parent’s employer will deduct a certain amount of his or her paycheck. The money is then remitted to the North Carolina Child Support Centralized Collections. After that, the money will be distributed to the custodial parent.

How long does child support payments take in North Carolina?

Child support payments in North Carolina are automatically deposited into the custodial parent’s ncKIDScard account. This will happen two business days after the paying parent’s payment has been applied. If public assistance is received, the child support payment will go towards reimbursing the state for services.

Does child support automatically stop at 18 in North Carolina?

Child support comes to an end when a child reaches the age of 18 in North Carolina. However, if the child is still attending high school while being 18, child support continues until graduation. If the child is remaining in high school after that age, child support may extend until age 20. But only if the child is making satisfactory progress towards his or her graduation.

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