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Your Court Hearing Day

Role of Commissioner

Orange County currently has two Child Support Commissioners whose primary responsibility is to hear Title IV-D support matters pursuant to Family Code §4251. A Child Support Commissioner has the same powers as other court commissioners under California law, but is specifically responsible for hearing actions to establish paternity and establish and enforce child support under Family Code §4251(a). Code of Civil Procedure §259.

Calendar Settings in a CSS Courtroom

Cases are heard by a Commissioner in a high volume and fast-paced courtroom. CSS hearings are usually short, between five and fifteen minutes.


A continuance means the case is being postponed for another date.  CSS does not grant continuances or cancellations of court dates; only the court has that authority. If you contact CSS, we will relay your request to the court, but there is no guarantee that it will be honored and the court may proceed without you.  If you have been ordered by the court to appear, you should be in court unless you obtain permission from the court to be absent.

How to Resolve Your Child Support Matter Before the Court Hearing

Our Solutions for Parents program focuses on working with both parents to reach a reasonable and appropriate child support agreement. There will be no need for a court hearing if we can reach an agreement between you and the other parent. Contact our office at (866) 901-3212 for additional information or to schedule an appointment.

Preparing for the Court Hearing

Attending court can be a stressful time.  Being prepared for the hearing will alleviate some of that stress. The information below will help you prepare for your court hearing.

English - Know Before You Go to Your Hearing

Español - Prepárese Antes de Su Audiencia

Preparing for the Telephonic Court Hearing

Review the following document to prepare for a telephonic court hearing:

English - Know Before You Go to Your Telephonic Hearing

Español - Prepárese Antes de Su Audiencia Telefónica

Review the following document to get an overview of what to expect on the date of the hearing:

English - What to Expect on Your Court Hearing Day

Spanish - What to Expect on Your Court Hearing Day