Enforcing Child Support

Enforcing Child Support

The Child Support agency is responsible for enforcing Child Support payments when the non-custodial parent does not make Child Support payments as ordered by the court. The support payments must be at least 30 days delinquent before court action can be initiated.

Other methods used to collect Child Support payments are:

  • Administrative income withholding,
  • Intercepting tax refunds
  • Revocation of driver’s licenses or business or professional licenses
  • Paternity testing
  • Filing a formal complaint upon the alleged father, initiating court action. A hearing is held and, based on the findings, the court enters an order for paternity

Establishing paternity

Paternity is determining the legal father of a child.

This can happen in one of three ways:

  • Obtaining an affidavit of parentage at the time of birth
  • Paternity testing
  • Filing a formal complaint upon the alleged father, initiating court action. A hearing is held and, based on the findings, the court enters an order for paternity

Modification of order

Either party may request a modification of a Child Support order by calling or visiting the Cabarrus County Department of Human Services.

Orders are eligible for modification based on the following:

  • ‍The current order is more than three years old
  • A significant change has occurred in circumstances since the entry of the last order

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