Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


The following is a list of frequently asked questions.


What if the custodial parent is on welfare; does the money go to that parent?

No. The money will go to the County to reimburse it for the cost of the aid being provided to the custodial parent and/or child(ren).

What is a Continuance?

A Continuance means the case is being postponed for another date. DCSS does not grant continuances or cancellations of court dates; only the court has that authority.
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How long is a child support court hearing?

Contested hearings of local child support agency matters are usually short, between five and fifteen minutes, and the calendars are usually very busy, with a large number of cases scheduled for a morning session.


The majority of parents are not represented by an attorney, and some fail to appear for the hearings. With a high volume of self-represented parents (pro per), too often there is little documentation to work with on the child support calendar meaning some of the hearings may take longer than others, and others may have to be continued. Depending on where your case falls in the court calendar it may take hours before your case is heard.


Please be on time and patient.

What do I need to bring if a hearing involves financial issues?

In any trial or hearing involving financial issues, each party must produce the following documents:


  • The three most recent pay records showing year-to-date wages, salaries, overtime, commissions, bonuses and withholdings
  • Records showing rents, trust income, workers' compensation benefits, unemployment insurance benefits, disability benefits, social security benefits  
  • The most recent W-2, 1099, and K1 forms  
  • A copy of the most recent signed and filed state and federal income tax returns with schedules
  • If self-employed, a current (most recent twelve months) profit and loss statement and balance sheet