Child Support

Cumberland County Child Support Guidelines Lawyer

In addition to the need for emotional support after a divorce, children require financial support in the form of child support. This is put in place to make sure that custodial parents have the resources to care for their children and provide a safe and welcoming home for them. If you are getting divorced, it is a good idea to discuss your child support rights and responsibilities with a knowledgeable attorney.

At Ferguson Law Firm in Fayetteville, we represent military and civilian parents, including parents who are currently stationed out of state or overseas. Fayetteville child support attorney Patricia Ferguson has a passion for protecting children and will work closely with you to reach a child support agreement that ensures your children have what they need.

Determining the Proper Amount of Child Support

In North Carolina, child support payments are determined by a formula. While it is possible to deviate from the formula, there must be a substantial reason. For instance, if one parents lives out of state and has to pay for flights in order to visit, their travel expenses will be taken into consideration when determining child support payments.

A number of factors are considered in order to determine the proper amount of child support to be paid, including:

  • The income of each parent
  • The number of children
  • Other children who require support by court order
  • Any special needs a child has
  • Travel expenses
  • Number of overnight visits


Like many formulas, the child support formula requires current and accurate information in order to reach a solution that reflects the real situation facing parents and children. If either parent has undergone a substantial financial change or the needs of a child change, modification is a possibility.

Ultimately, our goal is to help you do right by your children. To discuss your child support case with an attorney, contact us today.