Child Support Attorney I (#RL2001)
$35.33-$42.96 Hourly / $6,123.87-$7,446.40 Monthly / $73,486.40-$89,356.80 Yearly


Under immediate supervision, to perform professional legal work in preparation and prosecution of civil or criminal child support cases; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the entry-level class in the Child Support Attorney series. Employees in this class work under close supervision and exercise limited independent judgment until experience and knowledge are gained.


  • Investigates, researches, and prepares child support cases for civil litigation and enforcement or criminal prosecution; prepares and handles appeals of child support civil and criminal cases.
  • Presents evidence in preliminary hearings in some felony child support enforcement matters; prepares trial briefs and checks questions of law
  • Presents and litigates or prosecutes child support cases in the Superior and Municipal Courts; presents opening statements, interrogates and cross examines witnesses; argues points of law, and makes final arguments or summations.
  • Conducts interviews to obtain or give information; interviews and advises law enforcement officers and the public in regard to the issuance of routine child support establishment complaints, enforcement actions and complaints; advises family support officers and interviewers on questions of law and procedure in particular cases.
  • Negotiates with attorneys regarding the disposition of civil actions or modification of charges in specific cases; does legal research in specific areas of civil, family and criminal law; analyzes legal issues in pending cases.
  • Prepares correspondence and reports; reviews progress and development of cases with supervisory deputies; processes child support complaints and claims for County Department of Child Support Services.

    License/Certificate:  Active membership in the State Bar of California. Possession of a valid California Driver's License will be required for most positions in this class.


    Principles of criminal and civil law and their application; rules of evidence and the conduct of court proceedings; the laws of California; legal research methods; preparation of briefs and opinions.


    Analyze legal principles and precedents and to apply them to complex factual legal problems; present arguments and statements of fact and laws clearly and logically in written and oral form; draft opinions, pleadings and briefs; learn to exercise independent judgment, discretion, and initiative concerning their assignments; perform legal research; work cooperatively with others. 

    Special Requirement:  Must be able to pass an extensive background check.


    Mobility-Frequent operation of computers; repetitive motion; sitting for extended periods; walking; occasional driving may be required; Lifting-Frequently 5 pounds or less; occasionally 5 to 30 pounds; Vision-Constant good overall vision and reading/close-up work; frequent color perception and use of eye/hand coordination; occasional use of depth perception and peripheral vision; Dexterity-Normal dexterity with frequent writing and repetitive motions; Hearing/Talking-Frequent hearing and talking on the telephone and in person; Emotional/Psychological-Frequent decision making, concentration and public contact; occasional exposure to grief; Special Requirements-Some assignments may require working weekends, nights, and/or occasional overtime.

    CLASS: RL2001; EST: 5/8/2002; REV: ;