In the mid-1980s, the New Jersey Superior Court created the Child Support Hearing Officer Program as a way to speed up child support cases. A child support hearing officer is a lawyer or other qualified professional who assesses the evidence in a case. From there, he or she makes a recommendation to the judge.
Even though the officer isn’t a judge, he or she functions in a very similar capacity by listening to testimony and making a ruling. However, if a party disagrees with the findings of the officer, he or she can request an appeal. This video provides an inside look at a Child Support Officer Program, showing how an officer enters a ruling in a family law case.
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