If a supporting spouse fails to paying alimony in North Carolina, the court may take a number of different actions. The first step is typically to order the delinquent spouse to make a lump sum payment to cover the past-due alimony. If this isn't possible or if the delinquent spouse continues to fall behind, the court may order wage garnishment. This means that a portion of the delinquent spouse's paycheck will be withheld and used to pay alimony. In extreme cases, the court may even order the seizure of assets, such as property or investments. Ultimately, it is up to the court to decide what action to take, but failure to pay alimony can have serious consequences.