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Legal Information: North Carolina

Child Support

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Updated: 
October 13, 2020

I don’t think the non-custodial parent will pay me the child support s/he owes. Can his/her income be withheld right away to collect the money for child support?

Yes, if the child support order was entered on or after January 1, 1994, the court does not have to wait for the person ordered to pay child support to miss a payment before ordering income withholding1 (also known as “assignment of wages”). Although often times, a judge will include income withholding in the order automatically, you may want to ask for income withholding in the original order to make sure the judge considers and includes this provision.

1 NCGS § 50-13.4(d1)