How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask RayAnswers Your Own Question

RayAnswers, Lawyer
Category: Family Law
Satisfied Customers: 32429
Experience:  29 years as a family law lawyer .
Type Your Family Law Question Here...
RayAnswers is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My fiancee and I live in the State of NC. We were recently

Resolved Question:

My fiancee and I live in the State of NC. We were recently given some custodial rights to a child we have been taking care of since she was born. We understand that we will be liable for child support....question is how much? The mother recently married. Does the state of NC count her new husband's income?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  RayAnswers replied 6 years ago.
HiCustomer Thank you for asking your question on JustAnswer. The other Experts and I are working on your answer. By the way, it would help us to know:
-Could you explain your situation a little more?give me some more information. Were you given custody of the child here or what? I want to help you here and give you a better answer

Thank you again for trusting us with your problem. Please reply as soon as possible so that we can finish answering your question.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.

My fiancee has always been portrayed as the father in public and to the minor child born 5/17/01. Her mother and new husband were moving out of the state and taking the child with them. We hired a lawyer and was granted some custodial rights because he has been there for the child/mother financially and emotionally since her birth. DNA test was performed in 2003 that was not favorable and proved he was not her father. However, the mother continued to allow him to be in her life and provide for them financially. The agreement reached on 3/27/09 allows us to have the minor child during the summer, fall/spring breaks, week at Christmas and every other Thanksgiving. When discussing the proposed agreemnt with the lawyer, he said not to mention anything about support. However, when we went to review the agreement (30 minutes prior to the mother coming) he had added support into the agreement. The agreement states that my fiancee is liable for support under the NC Child Support guidelines (schedule B) and for carrying the child on his insurance. We are trying to be proactive and determine approximately how much support he will be liable for. Hope this gives you some more information. FYI - we feel a little deceived by our lawyer. It appears that he was playing both sides of the fence and we don't know if we should trust what comes out of his mouth. OUR lawyer told the mother to wait until she obtained a job in Texas before filing for support. He did not want her previous income being used if she obtained a job making less in TX. We had to obtain a court order which gave us temporary custody of the child on 3/20/00. Court date set for 3/27/09. When the mother appeared at OUR lawyer's office. He spent 1.5 hours talking with the mother/husband at our expense. I am not undermining any lawyers ability, but it just caught us off guard.

Expert:  RayAnswers replied 6 years ago.
So I am assuming here that you were named the legal father here of the child. Otherwise I would not advise you to commit financially to the child as a parent here providing support and insurance but that is your call.

They will not count her new husband's wages becasue they are have named your fiance here as legal father. So they only look to the two parents for support. Just understand that you have committed here financially here for the rest of the child's life up til age 18.

This is a unique situation here. But you can't have custody or visitation here unless they named fiance as the legal father in all likelihood. If you have follow up here please let me know.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.

The court agreement does not list him as the legal father anywhere. The alleged father has been contacted and wants to take a DNA test. However, the mother/husband changed their numbers after contacting him. We are in contact with the alleged father who wants to take the DNA test, but does not know how to reach the mother to accomplish this task. Therefore, I am almost positive that my fiancee was not named the legal father. All of this information was disclosed to our lawyer.

Expert:  RayAnswers replied 6 years ago.
Well you need to ask some hard questions . Why are you being asked to pay support if this isn't kid. This amounts to extortion here. I think you are entitled to visitation without providing insurance and support. He can't carry the child on his insurance if he isn't the parent or I guess he was given custody rights.

This is dangerous territory here and I would not sign anything you don't understand here. I would feel a lot deceived by my lawyer. I think it is time for " come to jesus" meeting as we call it in the legal world here with your lawyer.

What exactly are you committing to here.Know what ti is you are getting into. I would tell your fiance to run away here before I would sign something like this. I mean I understand he wants to be in the child's life but he isn't his legal father and it sounds like to me she is blackmailing here for money and insurance..

You need to have a meeting with your lawyer and review all of this before you commit to this. I am sorry but this has real potential liability for a lot of years here. I wish you good luck with the lawyer and resolving it all.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.

I wish that we had talked to you earlier. The papers were signed on 3/27/09 prior to the court appearance. As stated earlier, I felt like the lawyer was playing both sides of the fence. The agreement was plain and simple until we got to the area of support. We knew that we would be liable for support, but we wanted to put a set amount into the agreement. The lawyer said NOT to mention it at all. However, when we went to review the agreement, support was mentioned and was to be calculated based upon Schedule B. I asked him what is schedule B. He explained when the worksheet was used - joint custody and stated that the amount we would be paying would be substantially less than using the schedule A. He said this was a great battle if the mother would sign stating that support would be done based on the schedule B even though we would not have the child the required 123 nights. As mentioned earlier, the mother/husband was scheduled to appear at the office within 30 minutes of us reviewing the agreement. We thought the lawyer would be looking out for our best interest. Obviously NOT. Hopefully, this is my last question...If the minor child was to decide that she did not want to visit anymore during the summer (not because of bad blood, but as children get older, they may want to stay with their friends and be involved with school activities during the summer), would we be able to stop the agreement?

Expert:  RayAnswers replied 6 years ago.
Well all I can say is maybe. This is something you need to ask your lawyer with the agreement in front of you. If you are paying here and not named as the legal father then you would have a better chance. You are getting a break I guess on the amount but I am still not sure why you have to pay unless the court insisted on it.

You need to meet with the lawyer and make sure what the orders here commit you to and whether it can be changed. This is not a standard kind of thing but a unique situation. You may well be able to end it here unless you were named as a parent(father).
RayAnswers, Lawyer
Category: Family Law
Satisfied Customers: 32429
Experience: 29 years as a family law lawyer .
RayAnswers and other Family Law Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

  • Not only did he answer my Michigan divorce question but was also able to help me out with it, too. I have since won my legal case on this matter and thank you so much for it. Lee Michigan
< Previous | Next >
  • Not only did he answer my Michigan divorce question but was also able to help me out with it, too. I have since won my legal case on this matter and thank you so much for it. Lee Michigan
  • Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises! Gary B. Edmond, OK
  • My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer. Eric Redwood City, CA
  • I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight. Michael Wichita, KS
  • PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent. Three H. Houston, TX
  • Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!! Elaine Atlanta, GA
  • It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem. Tony Apopka, FL

Meet The Experts:

  • Ely

    Counselor at Law

    Satisfied Customers:

    Private practice with focus on family, criminal, PI, consumer protection, and business consultation.
< Last | Next >
  • Ely's Avatar


    Counselor at Law

    Satisfied Customers:

    Private practice with focus on family, criminal, PI, consumer protection, and business consultation.
  • Dimitry K., Esq.'s Avatar

    Dimitry K., Esq.


    Satisfied Customers:

    I provide family and divorce law advice to my clients in my firm.
  • LawTalk's Avatar


    Attorney and Counselor at Law

    Satisfied Customers:

    30 years legal experience. I remain current in Family Law through regular continuing education.
  • Tina's Avatar



    Satisfied Customers:

    JD, 17 years legal experience including family law
  • Brandon M.'s Avatar

    Brandon M.

    Family Law Attorney

    Satisfied Customers:

    Attorney experienced in all aspects of family law
  • Barrister's Avatar



    Satisfied Customers:

    Attorney with 15 years experience
  • AttorneyTom's Avatar



    Satisfied Customers: