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Order Establishment


Once paternity is no longer at issue, an order for child support can be established. This can be done voluntarily at the Child Support Enforcement Office. If the non-custodial parent is unwilling to establish the order voluntarily, legal action will be filed. Once the non-custodial parent receives official notice of the hearing date, a hearing is held and the court will establish a child support order. If medical insurance is available, the court may include a provision for medical insurance.

The NC Child Support Guidelines are used to determine the amount of child support that the non-custodial parent will be ordered to pay. The Guidelines are based on an income shares model using the gross incomes of both parents to determine the non custodial parent’s support obligation. Daycare costs, medical insurance premiums and responsibility for other children are factors that are considered when calculating child support. You may be eligible for prior maintenance (back support). You must contact your case manager for additional information about prior maintenance.


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