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Child Support Attorney

Salary: $31.19-$38.07 hourly / $5,424-$6,622 monthly / Range: 6230

DEFINITION: Under general supervision, performs a variety of civil litigation activities in the areas of child support and paternity; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Child Support (CS) Attorney is a flexibly staffed series. Incumbents are responsible for overseeing civil litigation aspects of child support cases in the Department of Child Support Services. CS Attorneys are distinguished, in part, from Deputy District Attorneys by the latter's responsibility for overseeing criminal litigation aspects of child support cases.

Child Support Attorney I is the entry-level class in this professional series. Incumbents receive orientation to and training in paternity and child support issues and are expected to progress, in a reasonable time, in their experience and competency level so that they are qualified to be Child Support Attorneys II.


1. Advises department staff, custodial and non-custodial parents, and witnesses regarding legal issues involved in prospective civil paternity and/or support actions.
2. Interprets and applies laws; court decisions; local, state, and federal regulations; and other legal authorities for use in the preparation of child support cases.
3. Prepares legal pleadings, including complaints, answers, demurrers, discovery, motions, orders, and judgments required for hearings, trials, and varied legal proceedings; drafts and prepares related reports and correspondence; and maintains accurate case records.
4. Litigates a variety of paternity and support cases in civil court trials and at family law and motion hearings.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Active membership in the State Bar of California.

Additional Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License is required for all levels upon hire.

Knowledge of: principles of civil and criminal law with an emphasis on family law; trial and court procedures; legal research methods; rules of evidence; standard legal office practices and procedures; ethical and professional rules of conduct; and negotiating techniques.

Ability to: learn civil and criminal codes related to California family law; perform legal research; analyze and apply legal principles, facts, evidence, and precedents to legal problems; present statements of law, facts, and arguments clearly, logically, and forcefully, in both written and oral format; negotiate settlements; maintain confidentiality and objectivity; manage an assigned caseload; operate personal computers and use computer applications used by the department; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

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