Child Support Agency Hearings to Establish or Modify Orders
ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS FOR PATERNITY, CHILD SUPPORT ORDERS, AND MODIFICATIONS
Due to the large volume of cases, States are required by federal law to use expedited process (hearings held at the court by referees, masters, magistrate’s, or court commissioners) or administrative process (hearings held at the government child support agency by a hearing officer or commissioner). The information below is for use at an Administrative Hearings held at government child support agencies. See Expedited process for those held at the courts.
- You should be given the opportunity to present your side of the issue during the hearing.
- Ask the government child support agency staff or hearing officer for instructions about how to appeal. Be sure to find out the time frames to file an appeal; usually this is 10-14 days.
- Ask the government child support agency staff or hearing officer about when the order becomes effective, and estimated time before you will receive payments, or if applicable paternity DNA test results are available, etc.
- You and the other parent have the right to appeal the administrative order to the court if the law is not properly applied at the administrative hearing or if you want a deviation to the child support guidelines. A deviation is available under the law when the child has special needs and in certain other circumstances. These should be listed in your State child support guidelines.
You can also establish a child support order at the time of divorce, dissolution or establishment of paternity.