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Child Support

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February 6, 2020

Who is responsible for the support of a child?

In most cases, the child’s parents are primarily responsible for supporting their child; however, there are circumstances which place responsibility for the support of a child upon someone else, such as the child’s grandparents.  For example, if the parents of the child are themselves unemancipated minors (under age 18 and not emancipated), the grandparents of the child share the responsibility of support with the unemancipated minor parents even if someone other than the child’s parent(s) or grandparent(s) has custody of the minor child.1  For more detailed information on child support when the parent(s) are minors, see the When a parent is a minor section.

1 NCGS § 50-13.4(b)