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Parents in North Carolina now have expanded methods of paying child support


It will now be easier for parents in North Carolina to pay child support payments.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services says payments can now be accepted through Apple Pay, Google Pay, Venmo and PayPal, by credit card or debit card via phone -- as well as by cash or debit card at local Walmart stores.

Parents and employers who want to pay through Apple Pay, Google Pay, Venmo and PayPal must register online at www.nc.smartchildsupport.com and follow the online instructions.

Customers who want to pay with either cash or a debit card at a local Walmart Money Center will need to provide their name and Master Participant Index number – the unique number assigned to each child support customer. There is a $2 service fee per transaction at Walmart.

Senior Director for Human Services Carla West said the goal is to meet parents where they are, so they can focus on what is most important — providing the emotional and financial support their children need.

Customers can continue to pay via mail or bank draft as they previously have. These payment methods have no additional fees.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to eastern North Carolina in 2019 to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of kiddo cuddling, reading, and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.