Legal Information: North Carolina

Child Support

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Updated: 
November 27, 2017

In what ways may the court order child support to be paid?

The court may order that child support be paid:

  • in a lump sum payment;
  • by periodic payments, which means payments are weekly or monthly; and/or
  • by giving personal property of the parent paying support to the parent receiving support.*

Note: If the paying parent has fallen behind in payment (known as child support "arrears") and the parent who has to pay is the sole owner of certain land or real estate, the court may order the land or real estate to be given to the other party if the value of the real estate is not more than the arrearages (the back support owed).*

* NCGS § 50-13.4(e)