In North Carolina, both parents are responsible for sharing the financial responsibilities of raising a child. Child support payments are generally based upon the North Carolina Child Support Guidelines and take into consideration many financial factors. In cases where the combined incomes of the parents are more than $300,000 a year, the North Carolina Child Support Guidelines are not used. In cases such as these, the court considers the reasonable needs of the child.
It is important to pay child support, even if a legal agreement or court order does not currently exist. If child support is not paid, the courts can require you to pay attorney fees and may establish child support arrears for payments that should have been made.