How do I apply for child support services?
Is an application fee required?
What services are provided by CSE?
How long does it take to obtain a child support court order and receive child support payments once the application is completed and received by the CSE program?
Difficulty in locating the noncustodial parent;
Multiple potential fathers;
Noncustodial parent lives in another state.
Can the CSE office assist me with visitation and custody issues?
What kind of documents can I provide to help the CSE agency process my case?
A copy of the divorce decree, separation agreement or court order for child support
A copy of the Affidavit of Parentage, if one has been signed
Birth certificate(s) of the child(ren) involved
Documents that reflect both parents’ incomes (paycheck stubs, tax returns, bank statement, etc.)
Evidence of child support payment history
Other documents might be needed, depending on your case.
Do I have to provide CSE with information about the noncustodial parent to receive Work First Family Assistance?
What should I do if my address changes?
What should I do if my name changes?
How can I reach Guilford County CSE?
What is the NC CSE Customer Service Center?
Is the CSE always successful in locating the noncustodial parent (NCP)?
What does "establishing paternity" mean and why is it necessary?
What is a genetic test?
What are some of the legal ways to establish paternity?
-Voluntary acknowledgement process – Both the mother and father complete a form known as an Affidavit of Parentage; this document becomes a legal finding of paternity. If there are any doubts about who is the father of the child, neither party should sign an Affidavit of Parentage. Either parent can request genetic testing to assist in determining the father of the child. Paternity should be established through the courts once genetic testing determines the father.
-Civil or criminal paternity action – A court of law establishes the paternity of the child, and in most cases, a child support order is entered.
If the father is unable to sign the Affidavit of Parentage in the hospital, can this document be completed at a later time?
What is the ncKIDScard?
Will the father's name be placed on the birth certificate?
What happens after paternity has been established?
What does "establishing support" mean?
What are some of the legal ways to establish a child support order?
-A Voluntary Support Agreement (VSA) that is signed by a judge
-A civil court action, brought by the custodial parent, an organization, or the guardian of a dependent child
-A Criminal Abandonment and Non-Support court action
-A divorce order that includes child support
How is the amount of child support determined?
What is the North Carolina Child Support Centralized Collections (NCCSCC) operation?
What does "enforcement" mean?
What can CSE do when a noncustodial parent (NCP) does not pay his/her child support?
-Court action resulting in jail time
-Interception of tax refunds
-Consumer credit reporting-
A noncustodial parent’s (NCP’s) obligation is reported to consumer credit bureaus that track credit records. Having a child support arrearage debt on a credit record could prevent an NCP from getting a loan or a new credit card.
-Passport denial/ revocation-
NCPs with cases that have arrearages of more than $5, 000 are submitted to the U.S. Secretary of State. The U.S. Secretary of State refuses to issue a passport to these NCPs and could revoke, restrict, or limit a passport that was previously issued.
A lien is a hold placed on property to ensure that child support payments are made. If NCPs have arrearages equal to three (3) month’s of their child support obligation or $3000 (whichever is less), CSE can petition the court to place a lien on the NCP’s property. The NCP can either pay his/her arrearages to have the lien removed, or the property can be sold to satisfy part or all of the debt.
-Driver, professional/occupational, or wildlife license revocation –
If an NCP is ninety (90) days behind in child support payments, a judge can order revocation of his/her driver license. CSE also can refer that NCP’s name to the appropriate licensing board to revoke a professional or occupational license. These licenses cannot be reissued until either the entire debt is paid or a satisfactory payment plan is established. Examples of professional/occupational licenses include: doctor, lawyer, realtor, nurse, teacher, plumber, barber, etc.
-Levying financial institution (bank) accounts –
If NCPs have arrearages equal to six (6) months of their child support obligation or $1000 (whichever is less), CSE can request that a levy be placed on the NCP’s financial institution accounts.
What is "income withholding"?
What kinds of income can be withheld?
– Salaries/ wages
– Unemployment Compensation
– Workers’ Compensation
– Work Release
– Social Security Administration (SSA) Benefits
– Veteran’s benefits
– Retirement benefits
What sources of income are exempt from income withholding?
– Public Assistance (Work First)
– Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
– Federal Black Lung Benefits
– Federal Death Benefits
– Payments under the Federal Torts Claims Act
– Federal grants and fellowships
– Veteran’s Educational Assistance Payments
– Refunds from incorrect payment or overpayment of Federal income tax
– Travel, transportation, uniform, relocation, and other allowances for civilian employees on military posts
– ROTC subsistence allowance
– Veteran’s Disability and Death Benefits