Q: My CS case is currently under review with DCS. It has been 3 months. DCS said they have to serve Mom the modification
papers. Is there a way I speed this up? Can I do my own CS case? If so what is the difference between DCS and a judge CS calculation?
A: You can hire a private attorney and you probably will get a result quicker. Both judges use the same rules. It's just usually quicker to go through superior court and a private attorney, but you will have to pay the attorneys fees. DCS is free.
A: It is always better to hire an attorney and have that attorney file your modification paperwork, rather than ask the Division of Child Support Services for a modification. That is because an attorney representing you is going to collect far more documents from the custodial parent than the Division of Child Support Services would, which could make your child support order more accurate. You want the most accurate information in order to be able to calculate the custodial parents gross monthly income, to ensure that your monthly child support obligation is not higher than it should be. Consider hiring an attorney if you do not want to wait for the DCSS to finalize your modification.
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