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Child Support

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February 6, 2020

What is child support and who can file for it?

Child support is generally an amount of money that a non-custodial parent pays to the custodial parent to help support the child when the parents live separately. Parents may choose to come to an informal arrangement out of court for an agreed-upon amount or the court can issue a child support order. Any parent, or any person, agency, organization or institution who has custody of a minor child, or who is filing for custody, can start a child support case in court. Also, a minor child him/herself can start a child support case through his/her guardian.1

1 NCGS § 50-13.4(a)