The bills are due, the children want to play sports and take dance lessons, and your spouse hasn’t paid child support in months so what can you do?
If you and your spouse agreed to child support in a separation agreement then you have a contract with your spouse on this issue. If your spouse or former spouse isn’t paying as agreed you can sue for breach of contract. If you have a court order for child support you can ask the court to enforce the order through its contempt powers. There are also many other avenues. Failure to pay child support can result in tax refunds being redirected to pay the child support, wage garnishment, credit bureau reporting, passport denial, drivers license revocation, professional license revocation, lien on property, bank account levy, or even jail time. You cannot deny the noncustodial parent visitation because child support is not being paid as agreed.
In NC the Department of Social Services provides child support services to custodial parents. If your spouse or former spouse is behind on child support or refusing to pay support you can find more information at North Carolina Child Support Enforcement website. If child support was court ordered and is being sent through the Centralized Collections office you can also check the status of payments on the website above. If you do not want to go through social services to collect child support you can also hire an attorney to help you with the process.