North Carolina Child Support Calculator
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.
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 will primarily live with one parent. It is not intended to estimate situations where there is joint physical custody or split custody.
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.
These factors and others may affect a child support order entered by a court.
The purpose of this calculator is informational and educational only. It does not constitute legal advice. This child support calculator is based on statutory guidelines. The court has the final authority to determine the amount of child support awarded. This number is only an estimate and is not a guarantee of the amount of child support that will be awarded. Other factors may affect the amount of child support awarded. Please see an attorney in your area for more detailed information:
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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