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How to Enforce a Child Support Order in North Carolina

Child support plays a pivotal role in ensuring the well-being of children following a divorce or separation. These court-mandated payments provide the necessary financial resources to cover a child’s essential needs, including housing, food, clothing, education and medical care. When a non-custodial parent fails to fulfill their financial obligations, it can create significant challenges for the custodial parent and negatively impact the child’s overall well-being.

Fortunately, there are various legal mechanisms in place to enforce child support orders in North Carolina. Whether you’re dealing with missed payments, a non-custodial parent who is actively resisting enforcement or a complex case involving multiple jurisdictions, understanding your options and seeking appropriate legal guidance can make a substantial difference. Some ways you can enforce child support payments include:

  1. Contacting the North Carolina Child Support Services (CSS): The CSS is a government agency dedicated to assisting custodial parents in enforcing child support orders. They offer a range of services, including the enforcement of child support orders through various means.
  2. Taking action through the courts: If the non-custodial parent is willfully refusing to comply with the child support order, you can file a Motion for Contempt.

In either scenario, CSS or the court will have many options at their disposal for enforcing support payments, including:

  • Wage garnishment
  • Liens on property
  • Suspension of driver’s license or other professional licenses
  • Jail time

These cases are best handled by an experienced family law attorney who can provide invaluable guidance and support. An attorney can:

  • Assess the specific circumstances of your case
  • Advise on the most appropriate enforcement strategies
  • Represent you in court proceedings
  • Negotiate with the non-custodial parent’s attorney
  • Protect your rights throughout the enforcement process

Enforcing a child support order is not just about collecting money; it’s about ensuring that your child receives the essential financial support they deserve to thrive. While enforcing a child support order can be a complex and challenging process, it is essential for safeguarding the financial well-being of your child. By utilizing the available resources, seeking legal assistance when needed and remaining persistent in your pursuit of enforcement, you can effectively secure the financial support your child deserves. Remember, you are not alone in this endeavor.

Led by Tommy Kellis, the Carolina Law Group helps clients with pursuing and enforcing child support payments. To schedule your consultation at one of our offices, call 252-636-3737 or contact us online.


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