Child Custody and Child Support

How custody is resolved and the amount of child support to be paid are frequently critical concerns as a result of a divorce, as they can also be very controversial and emotional. While these matters are very personal in nature, it is sometimes difficult to resolve them outside of the judicial process, which often makes it necessary to file an action with the courts.

Most child custody cases revolve around physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody means exactly that – where is the child physically located at a particular time. It involves a schedule, which is different or unique in every case. What worked for your neighbor may not work for you. Legal custody means who makes decisions for your child. It, too, can be unique to your situation.

Our attorneys have a wealth of experience and knowledge that can guide you through child custody. The family law attorneys at Perry, Bundy, Plyler & Long, L.L.P. will guide you in helping you determine how to approach your particular situation.

Child support is frequently governed by the North Carolina Child Support Guidelines, which sets out a formula for calculating child support. The most significant variables included in this formula are each party’s income, daycare expenses, cost of medical insurance, and the living arrangements of the children. There are times when the guidelines do not apply, such as the parties’ combined incomes are more than that provided in the guidelines or there is some other basis to ask the court to deviate form the guidelines. The family law attorneys at Perry, Bundy, Plyler & Long, L.L.P. can help you determine this computation, as well as decide on pursuing deviation from the guidelines.