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Enforcing an out-of-state child support order in North Carolina

Not that long ago Americans spent much of their lives living in the same communities where their parents grew up. It was not uncommon for individuals to stay near their places of birth for the entirety of their lives and raise their families in the same towns they grew up in. A lot has changed, though, and now many of the residents of North Carolina have moved into the state from other states as well as nations across the world.

Due to the transient nature of the modern population, it is not uncommon for the North Carolina courts to find themselves asked to enforce family law orders that were created in other jurisdictions. For example, consider a mother who divorced her child's father in Florida. Then imagine that the mother and child relocated to North Carolina, but that the child was still a minor and in need of the financial support provided for them under the Florida child support order. Are the North Carolina courts obligated to enforce the terms of an order that were not generated under the state's laws?

Generally, the answer to this question is yes. Under the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act the courts of North Carolina can recognize and enforce the support orders of other jurisdictions. The recognition of the legitimacy of these orders and their need for enforcement provide ease of access to the courts for individuals who have had to deal with their family law dilemmas in other locations.

Enforcing a child support order can be a difficult task even when an order is current and clear. In order provide your child with the support they need to grow, readers may wish to contact North Carolina family law attorneys for assistance with the enforcement of their child support orders.

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