Child Support

Child Support (Civil Division) Tel: (252) 504-4417

The Child Support Department of the Clerk’s office is contained within the Civil Division and is generally responsible for the maintenance of court records regarding child support cases.

Carteret County Child Support Enforcement is part of the Carteret County Department of Social Services and is responsible for:
  • Noncustodial parent location
  • Establishment of Paternity
  • Establishment of child support/medical support obligations
  • Collection and distribution of child support monies
  • Enforcement of Child Support Orders
Carteret County Child Support Enforcement can be reached at (252) 728-3181 and is located at:
Carteret County Dept. of Social Services
210 Craven Street (Physical Address)
PO Box 779 (Mailing Address)
Beaufort, NC 28516
All Child Support is paid to the North Carolina Centralized Collection Agency (Contact Number 1-800-992-9457). Recipients may have payments sent by debit cards or direct deposit. Payments are split (by proration) between all cases if payor has more than one court ordered child support obligation sent through the North Carolina centralized collections. By mail, make checks or money orders payable to "NC Child Support", and  submit payments to:

NC Child Support Centralized Collections
PO Box 900006
Raleigh, NC 27675

Do not send cash through the mail.

Additional Information.
  • After your court date, and after all paperwork is processed, child support payments may be made directly to the cashiers office in the courthouse. 
  • If you fall behind in payments and need an attorney, you may obtain one by filling out an affidavit, and upon approval of the presiding judge. 
  • Guidelines for establishment of support are available on-line at

The Child Support Department of the Clerk’s office performs the following functions:
  • Maintains all court records in child support collection cases
  • Collects support from payor by:
    • direct withholding of child support from payor's income
    • court actions
  • Affirms paternity by adding the father's name to the birth certificate when the paternity is not recorded on the birth certificate.
    • Check with the Clerk for the applicable fee
    • Need copy of the birth certificate and social security card for the child
    • Both parents (mother and father) must be present
For more information regarding child support in North Carolina, please visit the Department of Health & Human Services Child Support website.