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Is there a maximum amount of child support in NC?

As the old saying goes: "children are our future." Because of this, society tends to do what it can to look out for children and make sure, as much as possible, that they are cared and provided for. One way that it does this is by enforcing the concept that children be supported by the endeavors of their parents. The main method the state of North Carolina uses to enact this policy is the use of court ordered child support payments when couples no longer reside together with the children.

As we have previously pointed out, North Carolina uses a set of guidelines to determine the amount of child support paid by a non-custodial parent. These guidelines are based on the incomes of both parents, with some deductions taken into account. Basically, the family court will look at the adjusted income of both parents, consult a chart to determine the total amount the child should be receiving, and assign a percentage of support to each parent based upon the ratio of his or her income to the whole. So, based on this, is there any "maximum" amount of support?

The answer to this question is "sort of." The chart used to determine the amount of support a child should get in total has an upper tier, after which the amount will increase as a percentage as total income increases. This is only going to apply in a very small number of cases, however. More importantly for most people, there is a maximum amount of support that can be withheld from one's income by an income deduction order. For one support order, a non-custodial parent may only have 40 percent of his or her disposable income withheld. For two or more orders, the max is 45 percent if the parent is supporting another family, or 50 percent is he or she is not.

While the state has an interest in making sure children are supported, parents can't support children unless they can first take care of themselves. Sick or deceased parents are not generally good for anyone involved in the child's development. Thus, parents in North Carolina should make certain their rights are protected, along with their children's by knowing and acting on their legal rights.

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