court roomCourt hearings for child support issues held by a referee, master or commissioner are required under federal law. These hearing can handle issues such as establishing an order, establishing paternity, modifying a child support order and even Contempt of Court for failure to pay child support.  See parts of a Civil Court Hearing so you are informed about what happens at these type of hearings.

If the hearing was held in front of a referee, master or commissioner, you can file an objection, exception or appeal.  There will be a deadline for filing, so check with your local Clerk of Courts, government child support agency staff or private attorney about the time limits.

Any objection, exception or appeal can be filed by you, the IV-D attorney or your private attorney.  It should include your objection and a statement of why you object and a request for what you want.

If the hearing was held in front of a judge, you must file an appeal. You will probably need an attorney for the appeal.  A government child support attorney or private attorney can assist you.

Remember, you have options. Use them!  The appeals procedure is usually as follows:

1.  File a written appeal (objection to the referee’s, master’s or commissioner’s) report. In this document, you list why the order should not stand, such as wrong arrears listed, more evidence available, child support guidelines not followed….

2.  Usually, a hearing is held about the objection or the judge overrules or upholds the decision of the referee ( master, magistrate, commissioner).

3.  A Judge’s decision can be appealed in State Appellate Court. You will probably need an attorney to do this and you must have a good reason such as the judge did not follow the law or consider all the facts to win. If you need legal representation try the Bar Association for attorneys who take on worthy cases pro bono (for free) or a local law school clinic or legal aide if you are low-income.

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