Raleigh, NC asked in Family Law and Child Support for North Carolina

Q: My ex did not agree to the amount worksheet done by the CSE.

He hired an attorney and they came up with a much lower figure. I declined that offer and have a court date set for Feb. I have no idea what happens next. I believe he is not reporting income from a family business. Will this be addressed and can someone educate me on what happens in Child Support Court?

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Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser
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  • Jacksonville, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: If it goes to Court to make a decision, Child Support is not an 'offer' that you can simply decline. If you and your spouse can not come to an agreement, you will likely be held to the amount set forth in the guidelines. If it comes to that, the only things at issue are whether all income is being properly reported and accounted for and if so, whether the simple guideline figure was calculated correctly. Beyond that, there are some but not many additional factors that might affect the amount. If you go through Child Support Enforcement they should have an attorney that will calculate the amount for you.

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