California law specifies that the child support agency represents the people of the State of California, not either of the parents in a child support case. The law goes on to say that there is not an attorney–client relationship created between an Attorney for the county Department of Child Support Services and a parent whose child support order is being enforced by the Department.

You are entitled to retain legal counsel at any stage of the process. A private attorney may represent you, for example, in a matter involving paternity, the entry of a child support order, or a modification of that order. It is up to you to determine whether you should seek legal counsel. It is also up to you to pay the bill for your attorney, as applicable. You can seek assistance from the Family Law Facilitator’s Office. Please see the listing of Additional Resources on this site.