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How can you seek out child support in North Carolina?

You may have recently decided to get a divorce, or maybe you've never been married to the mother or father of your child. Whatever the case may be, your child deserves to receive child support from the non-custodial parent. This support is there to enhance your child's life and to provide the support that two parents would provide if they lived together and raised the child in the same home.

When it's time to decide on child support, it's important to go through the correct legal channels. The North Carolina court system has several ways of determining and recognizing child support orders. You can create a Voluntary Support Agreement with your child's parent, for instance, and ask a judge to approve it.

If you are the custodial parent, you can file a civil lawsuit for compensation and the establishment of child support, as can organizations such as Child Support Services. In cases where a parent can't be located, criminal abandonment charges might be sought. You can also establish child support through a divorce order.

In most cases, families get child support by going through a civil court action. Contacting Child Support Services starts the process during which you can apply for child support online or in person. Before you'll be paid any kind of support, the court will need to determine how much is owed. This is done by reviewing the North Carolina child support guidelines, which specify how a judge should calculate a child support order.

If there are other questions, like questions of paternity or income verification issues, these will need to be addressed. An attorney can file the correct documents for a paternity test or income concerns with the court.

Source: FindLaw, "North Carolina Child Support Guidelines," accessed Nov. 15, 2016

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