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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for North Carolina on
Q: If me and my wife at the time agreed to leave the child. Who is 10yrs old my pension which cost me $900 a month. Now we

are no longer together. She is seeking child support. Could the $900 be considered part of child support when they do the calculation?

I pay for before/after school day care. His medical insurance and life. I pay 300 for tutoring. At the present time I give him $200 a month spending change... Read more »

Melissa Averett
Melissa Averett answered on Dec 3, 2019

No, sorry. Since you have no legal obligation to the support a child after your death, it cannot be considered child support.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for North Carolina on
Q: If my daughter who is my wife stepdaughter who enter college before we separated. Now me and my wife have a 10yrs

Together. She is seeking child support for the 10yrs ago. Can i carry my daughter as a dependent why im asking is because i retired from my job. And retirement is $160 000 less then what i was making. Carry my daughter would help reduce her child support money received. Right now we have joint... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Nov 26, 2019

Your question doesn't really make much sense, if your daughter is your wife's step daughter she would have no claim to child support at all let alone from 10 years ago nor should she have any sort of custody. You daughter will be a dependent until she reaches the age of 18 and possibly a bit... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for North Carolina on
Q: Is my wife responsible for helping pay my daughter college tuition. Me and my wife separate and she is receiving post

Separation and alimony now. The child was 12yrs old when i marry my wife and i had custody of my daughter. And will i receive child credit for her in child support hearing because we also have a 6yrs during the marry and she is seeking support for the child we have together.

Adam Bull
Adam Bull answered on Nov 25, 2019

No and no. As your older daughter is not your wife's, she has no responsibility for her financial care. Second, child support ends when children turn 18 and graduate high school.

Because she is over 18 you do not ot get an offset for any of her expenses in college.

You each have an...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Civil Litigation for North Carolina on
Q: Why was my court ordered child support and paternity test not enough for me to inherit from my dad in North Carolin?

Why couldn't I inherit my predeceased fathers share of his mothers estate. It may now be to late to do anything but I still would like to know?

Melissa Averett
Melissa Averett answered on Nov 23, 2019

Because your father evidently did not file to legitimate you, and did not include you in a will. Establishing paternity and recognizing a child as a legitimate heir are two different legal processes. Filing an action to legitimate a child establishes paternity, but establishing paternity does not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Child Support for North Carolina on
Q: Bench warrants, how can I find out if I have and can I get rid of without going to jail?

My ex inlaw told me I have 2 for failure to pay child support. How can I find out for sure & can I get rid of them without going to jail?

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Nov 16, 2019

Hire an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for North Carolina on
Q: can they force wife to file for child support to keep Medicaid?

We are in NC. My wife and I have been separated and we have one child together. We didn’t want to go through court for child support and custody we have our on agreement. The people at the Medicaid office are telling my wife that she has to file for child support or our child losing Medicaid

Adam Bull
Adam Bull answered on Nov 14, 2019

Yes. As a parent you are primarily responsible for the needs of your child(ren) not the state or the taxpayers. If she is receiving financial assistance, from the state, the state can collect that money back from you.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for North Carolina on
Q: Why does CS hold my Children's Payments, one day the payments be on time, then the next they want get anything for weeks

CS holds the payments all the time, and I'm a single mom raising 3 children. The father of my 2 oldest is $13,199 in the rears of Child support payments, and he also hasn't filed taxes in like 3 or 4 years.

Melissa Averett
Melissa Averett answered on Nov 12, 2019

what do you mean by holding the payments? Are you saying that the father is paying on time and child support is not sending it to you? Child support of course can't send you money if he's not paying it to them.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for North Carolina on
Q: Parent is on LOA from work, not paying c. support wo any documented medical reason, Can I file a MSC?

Case is with CSA, but they refuse to file a MSC until she goes back to work and refuses to pay c. support. Parent had minor hip surgery back in Apr 2019. She is healed, no complications and 8 months later still refuses to go back to work. CSA filed a motion to reduce, but Parent did not provide... Read more »

Adam Bull
Adam Bull answered on Nov 7, 2019

Sounds like CSEA is the problem. if she has stopped paying and there is no court order suspending her payments then she is in violation and there should be a show cause issued. you can hire a private attorney to pursue this. If you are the recipient CSEA cannot file a motion to reduce child... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for North Carolina on
Q: When child support is filled how don't the other parent know

How do I now when child support was filed

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Nov 6, 2019

You will be served.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for North Carolina on
Q: My ex went to child support court and I wasnt in form.but gave her a judgment
Adam Bull
Adam Bull answered on Nov 4, 2019

If you were not present the court can only enter a judgment based on her information. You have a responsibility to attend to your legal matters in the same fashion you attend your other important business matters.

You can only change child support based upon a substantial change of...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for North Carolina on
Q: I had. Child Support Court yesterday, 10/28/2019. It was my second court date. The first court date I managed to get it.

I managed to get it continued, but was supposed to pay $200 that day. Which because I’m out of work was told by a friend prior he could loan it to me. Well that never happened being something came up with him. I’ve never been in arrears, has been paid on time for 12 years. I worked for my... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Oct 29, 2019

You should pay your child support obligation. You indicated in your question that you had money to pay other bills. Well guess what - that money should have went to child support as that is your most important bill.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Divorce for North Carolina on
Q: In NC, do you have to be "legally separated" or can one person just move out and then file for Divorce a year later?

Basically, I want to know what is the process for divorce in NC.

We have one child together and she has one from a previous relationship.

We've been married about a year and a half.

What are the child support/custody rules and regulations?

I am completely at a... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Oct 21, 2019

There is no such thing as 'legally separated' so "one person [can] just move out and then file for Divorce a year later" However, if you do it that way not knowing the law - which you clearly do not, you can screw yourself pretty hard. If things are amicable, your best bet is to resolve all the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for North Carolina on
Q: How do I get the courts to sign off on a child support order. I went for child support last year and still nothing

I was granted full custody I last year. And also asked for child support... The judge gave me the worksheet of the amount I would get.. I called and they told me they don't see any court order.. Now i don't know where the judge is. I have a new family court judge

Melissa Averett
Melissa Averett answered on Oct 10, 2019

You need to schedule a hearing on child support, and at this point retroactive child support. A family law attorney in your district, or child support enforcement can help you with this issue.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can a mother refuse to allow a DNA test of a child?

Mother was sexually involved with 2 men, not married to either, but lives with Man A. A prenatal DNA test was done and the results state Man B is the father. Mother states that she is moving forward as if the baby belongs to Man A. Can she refuse to allow a second DNA test with Man B upon the birth... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Oct 10, 2019

Yes, she can refuse and then man B can get the Court to force her to comply. Of course, unless man B plans to try and obtain custody of the child, all man B is really doing is setting himself up for 18 potential years of paying child support.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for North Carolina on
Q: Is NC a compliant state with MD on child support? I live NC and just found out I have 4 yr.old MD DNA

I just had to take a DNA to prove father of a 4 year old . I asked for Dna when born mother refused and 2 years ago she wanted support but wouldn't give DNA and now state made her do DNA and now they want 1300.00 a month support .I have a special needs child I have full custody of and I am self... Read more »

Melissa Averett
Melissa Averett answered on Oct 7, 2019

yes, Maryland can ask NC child support enforcement to register the child support order and enforce it. You need to hire an attorney in Maryland to see if the amount can be changed. you can search for a child support attorney in Maryland on this website.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for North Carolina on
Q: Is going through child support enforcement agency better than getting an attorney to file child support for me?

We are on medicaid and I was told to go to legal Aid for help with filing child support. Whats the difference between the two (Free attorney and Child Support Enforcement) Are they both court ordered? which one is faster ?

Melissa Averett
Melissa Averett answered on Oct 7, 2019

It varies from county to county, but in general, if both parents are wage earners with W-2 documentation of income, child support enforcement (CSE) is the way to go. But if the person you are trying to get money from is going to be hard to find, or is self employed, or you are seeking retroactive... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for North Carolina on
Q: What to do about child visitation being refused unless work contract reimbursements are sent with child support in place

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Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Oct 3, 2019

Your husband is the one allowing it. He needs to either hire an attorney and fight it out or comply. Those are his very simple basic choices. Have him pick one.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can my dad legally kick me out of his house?

My parents are divorced and my father forced me to pack all my things and make me leave and go to my moms house. I have siblings still at his house and I want to go back but my father won’t let me. Is this legal?

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Sep 29, 2019

As long as you have a safe place to go, yep, 100% legal. What in the world would make you think you get to dictate the rules in your dad's house?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for North Carolina on
Q: I am 16, but when i turning 17 in march. I want to live on my own,can i move out at 17 and my mom cant bring my back?

I have wanted to move out of my moms house since i was 15. when i was 15 i runaway but the cops brought my back so im trying to figure out if i can leave at 17?

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Sep 24, 2019

Of course you can not move out when you are 17. Nor should you - you can't even write a sentence correctly. Just stick it out until your 18 and then go do what you want.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for North Carolina on
Q: what should i do? my ex and me have been separated for a year. we split cause he cheated we also have a 2 year old

He recently decided he didnt wanna help with our daughter because he says he only married me for a citizen ship our daughter was a mistake.

Denise Anderson
Denise Anderson answered on Sep 18, 2019

If he refuses to pay child support, an attorney can assist you to file an action for child support. The father will then pay because the order will be enforceable by the court.

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