Q: I pay child support through dss but would like to have my child living with me. She is 14 and has been with me since Feb
Her father and i have never had any kind of custody order drawn up. What steps do I need to take?
A: The best step would be to consult with a local family law attorney as they would be able to give you the best advice. That said, it appears like you need to file a child custody action in your county and either come to an agreement on custody or have it heard before a judge. I don't practice in Catawba County so can't speak to any particular steps that are required beyond the standard requirements for filing any custody claim.
You would then need to address your child support issue. I'm not sure how DSS is involved - Child Support Services (CSS) is the agency in North Carolina that deals with child support payments.
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