How Much Does Child Support Cost in North Carolina?



Congress first passed federal laws establishing child support guidelines in the 1980’s to accomplish three main goals:

  1. financially help children living in a single parent household;
  2. encourage payment of child support and
  3. promote consistent contact between parent and child

Today, many of those same guidelines exist in order to ensure the safety, well-being and financial upbringing of children living in single parent households. As any parent knows, paying for a child’s needs can be an expensive endeavor. While every situation is different, there are some basic principles you can use to estimate how much you should expect to pay in child support:


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Monroe Attorney Spotlight: Richard Long

Richard Long, Monroe, NC Attorney

Get to know your local Monroe, NC attorneys at Perry, Bundy, Plyler & Long LLP.

Richard G. Long Jr. is the managing partner with Perry, Bundy, Plyer & Long, joining the firm in 1995.  Mr. Long primarily practices family law, emphasizing mediation, but also practices real estate law, business law and municipal law.

Here is our interview with Richard:

What are your favorite types of cases to take?

Not every matter involving a lawyer is a case.  I handle contract negotiations, real estate matters, wills, etc.  While I enjoy family law cases because people really need our help, I prefer mediating family cases.  Helping spouses reach an agreement that is determined by their own decisions is very satisfying to me.


What do you love about living in Union County?

Union County retains much of its rural character despite tremendous growth.


Did you always want to be a lawyer?

Actually, as a child, I wanted to be a scientist who studied space.  However, I come from a family of lawyers, so it was natural for me to consider it for my career.


What is your favorite place to eat in Monroe?

There are so many restaurants in Monroe  to choose from, however, I enjoy Mexican fare when I can.



What is your favorite Saturday afternoon activity?

I enjoy working in our yard, then coming in to watch college sports.


Where would you love to travel to?

I would like to travel to Canada and take the Trans-continental railroad.


Beach or mountains?



What book are you reading?

Hue- A book about Viet Nam and the Tet offensive.


Why should a client work with Perry, Bundy?

Perry, Bundy, Plyler and Long is large enough to handle most legal matters for your family’s needs, yet small enough where you are not just a client, but our friends and neighbors.  We take a personal interest in all of our clients.


To schedule a consultation with Richard Long or another Perry, Bundy, Plyler & Long LLP attorney in Monroe, contact us at 704-289-2519 today.


How is Alimony Determined in North Carolina?


Alimony in North Carolina is payment for the support and maintenance of a spouse after separation and divorce. Alimony is usually paid on a continuing basis for a determined period of time.  Prior to 1995, alimony was fault based. The law, however, was amended to better reflect that marriage is an economic partnership.

Prior to an award of alimony, there are a number of things that must be determined:

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How to Choose the Right Legal Structure for Your New Business

Monroe NC small business owner thinking about incorporating her business

You’ve got a great idea and are ready to start your own business. How exciting!

If you are like many new business owners, you are probably wondering how to legally structure your new business. You have heard about LLCs and corporations, but do you know the difference? Do you know which is the best option for your business?

If not, you need to consider the goals and strategy for your business and your personal finances.

For example, do you want the business to be separate from your personal assets and debts? Do you want to be taxed once at a potentially higher rate or do you want to file separate tax returns for the business? Do you want to take on investors to help grow the company? How much control do you want over the day-to-day operations and strategy?

Your answers to each of these questions will help evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each option and find the best fit for your business.

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What Actually Happens at A Real Estate Closing?

Real estate closings have a reputation for being stressful, complicated and time-consuming. But do you really know what happens on closing day? Here is our summary of what to expect on closing day and some helpful tips to make sure everything goes smoothly.

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Monroe Attorney Spotlight: Ellie Bragg

Best attorney in Monroe, NC , Ellie Bragg


Get to know your local Monroe, NC attorneys at Perry, Bundy, Plyler & Long LLP.

Ellie Bragg joined Perry, Bundy, Plyer & Long in 2015 after graduating from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2015.  Ellie focuses on family law, criminal law and traffic tickets, and civil litigation.

Here is our interview with Ellie:

What are your favorite types of cases to take?

I enjoy the cases where I really get to know the client. Typically, in a family law or criminal matter I get the opportunity to form a relationship with the client and even their family. I value those relationships and hope to build trust with my clients. I get the most satisfaction when I truly know that someone walked out of my office in a better position than they walked in.


What do you love about living in Union County?

I have lived in Union County almost all of my life. I attended Benton Heights Elementary, Monroe Middle and graduated from Monroe High School. I love how small-town Union County feels, yet we are growing every day. I love the people who make up this county and the community support I am able to experience not only in my professional life but personal life as well.


Did you always want to be a lawyer?

I knew I wanted to be a lawyer since I can remember. Growing up with a father as a judge, I had the unique experience to grow up in the courthouse, literally. I would spend many teacher workdays or holiday breaks in the court room watching how everything worked. I loved watching the court system back then and I consider it to be a privilege to be a member of our local bar now.


What’s your favorite place to eat in Monroe?

For a quick but delicious lunch, I love to walk right down the block to Stone Table – their daily taco specials are to die for! For dinner, my husband and I love to walk to Crust and Jam, best wings in town – hands down!


We know you are active in the American Red Cross. Can you tell us a little about your work there?

I serve on the Board of Directors for the Southern Piedmont American Red Cross. I chose to serve this organization because I believe in their mission. Whether it a house fire, a natural disaster or a small child needing blood, the American Red Cross is always there.


What is your favorite Saturday afternoon activity?

I enjoy hanging out with my husband, Will, our dog Raleigh and cheering on the North Carolina Tar Heels.


Where would you love to travel to?

Santorini, Greece


Beach or mountains?



What book are you reading?

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney


Why should a client work with Perry Bundy?

Perry, Bundy, Plyler & Long can help you and your family through any legal obstacle from a traffic ticket to estate planning.  Our approach is  on apersonal level where we really aim to get to know our clients while earning their trust and keeping their best interests a priority. We are proud to live in and serve Union County.

To schedule a consultation with Ellie Bragg or another Perry, Bundy, Plyler & Long LLP attorney in Monroe, contact us at 704-289-2519 today.



3 Common Legal Mistakes Every NC Home Buyer Should Avoid

Home buyer who made legal mistakes when buying a home


Spring home buying season is upon us! While buying a new home should be exciting and fun, there are also major legal considerations at each step of the home buying process. If you are not careful, you can easily make a legal mistake that can have long-lasting consequences. First time home buyers can be especially vulnerable.


An experienced legal attorney can help protect your interests and avoid these three mistakes many North Carolina home buyers make:


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4 Reasons An Experienced Divorce Attorney Is A “Must Have” When Negotiating A Separation Agreement

Divorce attorneys discussing separation agreement on courthouse steps

Sometimes couples find that, despite their best efforts to keep a marriage together, it is in everyone’s best interest to separate. Once that tough decision is made, it is time to start deciding how to divide up their lives.

A separation agreement is typically used to document how a couple will divide property, debt, financial (spousal) support, and at times child custody and support.

North Carolina law does not require separating couples to have a separation agreement, but it is always wise to have everything in writing, signed and notarized. A separation agreement can also save time and money over  court costs and legal fees down the road.

While some couples may decide to negotiate their separation agreements themselves, which can be very dangerous, we think that an experienced divorce attorney is a “must have” when negotiating a separation agreement.

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What to Expect from Mediation in North Carolina

In North Carolina, most judicial districts require couples to attend mediation as part of the divorce process. Mediation allows couples to resolve disputes through a neutral third-party, the mediator. Mediators do not give legal advice. Instead, they facilitate negotiations and help the couple reach a fair settlement.

While every mediation is different, here are the basics of what to expect from your mediation session.

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