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To use the child support calculator, select or enter the appropriate information next to each statement.

When you have completed the form, click on the calculate button to get an estimate of the amount of child support that the non-custodial parent will have to pay to the custodial parent in North Carolina.

Disclaimer: Please remember that these calculators are for informational and educational purposes only. The amount of child support a court will order for any particular case may be different from the amount estimated by the calculator.

For the most part, these calculators assume that all of the children at issue will primarily live with one parent. They are not intended to estimate child support for joint physical custody or split custody arrangements.

These calculators do not take into account any possible adjustments for children who are not subject to the custody order, but who are living with one of the parents. Finally, these calculators may be based on older or outdated state guidelines or calculations and may not take into consideration state or federal tax implications on income.

These and many other factors can affect a child support order entered by a court.

North Carolina Child Support Info

In North Carolina, child support cases are handled by the Child Support Enforcement Program (CSE). If you would like to apply for child support, you will need to fill out an application. You can obtain an application form from your CSE office, or you can access it online through the CSE website. In addition to the application, there is an annual non-refundable $25 fee for services that apply to families that do not receive public assistance. These services include:

  • Locating non-custodial parents
  • Establishing paternity
  • Establishing child support obligations
  • Collecting and disbursing child support payments
  • Enforcing support orders

What if the non-custodial parent won’t pay?
If the non-custodial parent is not paying the child support amount he or she is obligated to pay, notify the CSE because there are a number of ways that they can enforce child support orders. These include:

  • Collecting payments directly
  • Intercepting tax refunds
  • Wage garnishing

How does wage withholding work?
In North Carolina, support orders are mainly enforced by collecting payments through income withholding. This means that the non-custodial parent’s employer deducts a certain amount from each paycheck. This money is remitted to the North Carolina Child Support Centralized Collections who then distributes the money to the custodial parent. 

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