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As used in this Article, unless the context clearly requires otherwise:
(1)??Child support case? means the part of any civil or criminal action or proceeding, whether intrastate or interstate, that involves a claim for the establishment or enforcement of a child support obligation.
(2)??Dispose? or ?disposition? of a child support case means the entry of an order in a child support case that:
a.?Dismisses the claim for establishment or enforcement of the child support obligation; ?or
b.?Establishes a child support obligation, either temporary or permanent, and directs how that obligation is to be satisfied; ?or
c.?Orders a particular child support enforcement remedy.
(3)??Expedited process? means a procedure for having child support orders established and enforced by a magistrate or clerk who has been designated as a child support hearing officer pursuant to this Article.
(4)??Federal expedited process requirement? means the provision in Title IV, Part D of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. ??666(a)(2), that requires as a condition of the receipt of federal funds that a state have laws that require the use of federally defined expedited processes for obtaining and enforcing child support orders.
(5)??Filing? means the date the defendant is served with a pleading that seeks establishment or enforcement of a child support obligation, or the date written notice or a pleading is sent to a party seeking establishment or enforcement of a child support obligation.
(6)??Hearing officer? or ?child support hearing officer? means a clerk or assistant clerk of superior court or a magistrate who has been designated pursuant to this Article to hear and enter orders in child support cases.
(7)??Initiating party? means the party, the attorney for a party, a child support enforcement agency established pursuant to Title IV, Part D of the Social Security Act, or the clerk of superior court who initiates an action, proceeding, or procedure as allowed or required by law for the establishment or enforcement of a child support obligation.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 50. Divorce and Alimony § 50-31. Definitions - last updated January 01, 2020 | https://codes.findlaw.com/nc/chapter-50-divorce-and-alimony/nc-gen-st-sect-50-31/
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