NC Child Support Laws

North Carolina Child Support Laws

You can apply for Child Support by completing an application at your local Child Support Enforcement Office.

Establishing The Amount of Child Support
The North Carolina Child Support Office will help to establish the amount of financial support that will be required from the non-custodial parent. The amount of child support to be paid is calculated using the NC Child Support Guidelines. These guidelines are based on the ability of the non-custodial parent to pay and the financial needs of the children.

If the family is accepting public assistance, the Child Support Enforcement Office will review the amount of the child support order every three years. If the family is not receiving public assistance, either parent can request a review of the case every three years. A review can be requested at any time if there is a substantial change in the circumstances for either parent.

Applying For North Carolina Child Support
You can also apply online at: NC Child Support Division of Social Services. The non-refundable application fee is $25, but you may be eligible to have this fee reduced to $10. Contact your local Child Support Enforcement office to find out more.

If possible, you should bring the following documents with you when you are applying for North Carolina child support: a copy of the divorce decree, the affidavit of parentage, the child's birth certificate, income documentation for both parents, and historical evidence of child support payments.

It is also important to provide as much information as possible about the non-custodial parent to aid in location efforts. The individual's complete name, social security number, birth date, address, and employment location can help the NC Child Support Enforcement Office process your application more quickly. In lieu of this information, you may be able to provide information such as where you met the non-custodial parent and the names of any mutual friends you have in common.

Once the application is completed the Child Support Enforcement Office will work to establish child support obligations, locate the non-custodial parent, enforce child support orders, and help to collect and distribute support. The case may require greater time to process if there is difficulty locating the non-custodial parent or establishing paternity. Every participant in a NC child support case is assigned a unique Master Participant Index (MPI) 10-digit identification number. This number can be used to access information via North Carolina's eChild Support website (see below). Contact your local Child Support Enforcement office or the Clerk of Court if you are unsure of your MPI number.

Collecting Child Support
Once a court order has been established to determine the child support obligation, it is the responsibility of the Child Support Enforcement Office to enforce the order. This office will work to locate the non-custodial parent, and if necessary, file any interstate paperwork necessary to enforce the court order for child support. If the non-custodial parent refuses to pay child support, the Child Support Enforcement office will pursue the matter by:

1.Taking court action that could result in jail time

2.Intercepting the non-custodial parent’s tax refunds

3.Reporting the non-custodial parent to the credit bureaus

4.Ensuring that the non-custodial parent's passport and licenses (driver's, professional) are denied or revoked

5.Placing a lien against any property owned by the non-custodial parent or a levy against his or her bank accounts

Paying Child Support
Income withholding is frequently used to collect NC child support payments. According to both state and federal laws, the state of North Carolina can send a notice to the non-custodial parent's employer requesting that the funds for child support be deducted from the employee's wages. The funds are then distributed to the Child Support Enforcement Office. Income can be withheld from the non-custodial parent's salary, unemployment compensation, workers' compensation, social security benefits, work release payments, veteran's benefits, and retirement benefits.

In lieu of income withholding, the non-custodial parent can establish a bank draft (where the funds are automatically deducted from a bank account) or mail a check to the North Carolina Child Support Enforcement Office at:

N.C. Child Support Centralized Collections
PO Box 900006
Raleigh, NC 27675-9006

For payment questions or account information, you can contact their Customer Service Center at 1 (800) 992-9457

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