Child support is one of the most contested things with which an unmarried or divorced parent will ever deal. It can also be one of the most confusing aspects of parental life. The North Carolina Child Support Enforcement (CSE) is available to help guide you through the process of establishing and altering child support.
The parent that does not have custody is typically required to pay the other parent child support in order to help ease the financial burden of raising a child. If custody is shared, then that is something the court will consider when calculating how much child support.
In North Carolina, you can file for child support through civil court or through the Division of Social Services. You also have the option to file through criminal court because both parents have a legal duty to provide for their children even before a child support order is issued. However, in order to file a criminal lawsuit without a child support order, you would have to show that the other parent is willfully not supporting the child.
Some of the information you will need when you file for child support are the names and addresses of both parents, as well as the name, date of birth, and address of the child. You will also need to inform the court as to whether one parent will have primary custody or if the custody will be shared.
You can suffer a lot of different consequences for not paying child support. The first punishment is the state taking the money directly from your paycheck. Then, the state will garnish the amount from your tax refund or take away personal or real property from you. You can also lose your driver’s license or be arrested.
Stopping visitation is not allowed just because you have not paid or are behind child support. The state has other ways they can enforce a child support order, so one parent cannot refuse visitation because they want to force the other parent into paying. If you have visitation and the other parent will not let you see your child, then you can go to court and ask the judge to enforce your visitation rights.
Child support ends at age 18 or earlier if the child is emancipated before their 18th birthday. Parents can also make an agreement to end child support, but the agreement must be approved by the court. Also, if you go from being the noncustodial parent to the custodial parent, you do not have to pay child support. No matter what option you think is right, you have to do this through the court. If you try to stop paying on your own, you can face consequences.
If you need child support or have been told you need to pay child support, you should meet with a North Carolina family law lawyer as soon as you can. A lawyer can help guide you through the process of getting or fighting against child support.
Last Modified: 06-24-2018 08:48 PM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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