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§ 50‑35. Authority and duties of a child support hearing officer.

A child support hearing officer who is properly qualified and designated under this Article has the following authority and responsibilities in all child support cases:

  1. To conduct hearings and to ensure that the parties’ due process rights are protected;
  2. To take testimony and establish a record;
  3. To evaluate evidence and make decisions regarding the establishment or enforcement of child support orders;
  4. To accept and approve voluntary acknowledgements of support liability and stipulated agreements setting the amount of support obligations;
  5. To accept and approve voluntary acknowledgements and affirmations of paternity;
  6. Except as otherwise provided in this Article, to enter child support orders that have the same force and effect as orders entered by a district court judge;
  7. To enter temporary child support orders pending the resolution of unusual or complicated issues by a district court judge;
  8. To enter default orders; and
  9. To subpoena witnesses and documents. (1985 (Reg. Sess., 1986), c. 993, s. 1.)

Call the Law Office of John P. Fernandez if you have questions or need legal representation in a family law matter. John Fernandez is licensed to practice law in North Carolina. The laws of North Carolina may differ from other states and no information contained herein should be considered legal advice.

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