Knowledgeable Child Support Representation

In choosing a child support attorney, you want someone who knows North Carolina law and knows how to obtain the arrangement that is best for you and best for your child.

For instance, North Carolina's child support guidelines apply as a "rebuttable presumption" in all child support proceedings, meaning the guidelines are binding on your situation unless you can demonstrate why they should not be. One way to circumvent the guidelines is by showing that the parties have a significant annual income (above $250,000). In such cases the guidelines are set aside.

The challenge for a child support lawyer is often to identify revenues and off-the-books benefits that people do not think to list. If you pay for daycare so that you can work, that is part of your childcare budget and you are entitled to credit for those payments. Does your spouse have a company car or gas card? That benefit can be considered income to them and can increase the amount of child support they owe.

A Child Support Modification Attorney

These are examples of ways in which the child support guidelines are not fixed. If you have children from a previous marriage, that will be taken into account as well. My office addresses them both in the initial child support proceedings and later on, when court orders need to be modified.

There are many situations calling for flexibility, and I would be happy to go over them with you in our initial consultation. To set up such a consultation, contact Cody Law Firm, in Hickory, by calling 828-358-2776.