What Is Child Support?

Child Support is a nationwide program established by Congress in 1975 to ensure that both parents support their children to the extent of their ability. In Alamance County the program is administered by Social Services. The federal legislation mandating the Child Support Program is Title IV-D of the Social Security Act. Sometimes, the program is called the IV-D (4-D) program.


A change in the law, generated by legislation, takes the enforcement duties found at G.S 50-13.9 away from the Clerks of Superior Court. Effective January 1, 2007, the Clerks of Superior Court throughout the State of North Carolina will no longer have the duty or obligation to provide enforcement for child support cases. This reduces the child’s caretaker to three choices in the enforcement of child support: 1) to act pro se; 2) to hire counsel; or 3) to contract with child support enforcement.