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This bulletin describes the revisions to North Carolina's 1998 child support guidelines that were adopted by the Conference of Child District Court Judges on June 17, 2002 (effective October 1, 2002).
The McBride decision, handed down by the NC Supreme Court on July 2, 1993, overruled the precedent established by the 1993 decision in Jolly v. Wright and held that indigent defendants may not be incarcerated in civil contempt proceedings in child support cases unless they have been provided a court-appointed attorney or have waived their right to legal representation. This Memorandum provides a brief overview of the supreme court's decision in the McBride case.