A child support order cannot be established for a child who is born to unmarried parents until:
The alleged father acknowledges paternity by signing the Affidavit of Parentage in the hospital, at the child support agency or at the Clerk of Court’s office.
Legal action is filed with the court when the alleged father does not voluntarily acknowledge paternity. A formal Complaint is served on the alleged father. A court hearing is held and the court makes a determination of paternity.
Genetic testing is recommended if there are any doubts about the paternity of a child. The potential father may be tested to determine whether or not he is the biological father of a child. Genetic testing is highly accurate in determining the paternity of a child. A swab is taken from inside the cheek of the mother, alleged father and child, and then sent to a Laboratory for testing.
Distribution of Support Paid
Enforcement of Child Support
Review and Adjustment
Working with Other States
NC Child Support Guidelines
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