Going to Court

On the Court Date

Checking in:

If your case is set for hearing at the Central Civil West (CCW) Courthouse, you should know:

  • Most hearings are scheduled for 8:00 am
  • Please check in with the CSSD Reception Window on the 18th Floor as soon as you arrive
  • If you have an attorney helping you with your child support case, please tell the receptionist.
  • If you are worried about your personal safety on the court date, please be sure to tell Reception. Also please give Reception a copy of any restraining order, police report or other documentation of the domestic violence situation.
  • If you have not already completed your Income and Expense Declaration, please do so while you wait for your case to be called
  • You and the other party will “meet and confer” with a CSSD attorney or paralegal to discuss your case before going to court
  • Ex-parte Applications:  First check in with the courtroom on the 16th floor; then bring your filed ex-parte application to Reception on the 18th floor.

Please be on time -  if you arrive late, your case may be delayed, or the court may have the hearing and make orders without you.

Wait times will vary. How long you have to wait depends on several factors, including the number of cases on calendar that day, whether one or both parents have appeared on your case, and the complexity of the issues. 

The court may not be able to hear your case until the end of the day, so please plan your schedule accordingly.

If the court hearing is scheduled at any other courthouse, check in with the bailiff in the courtroom where your case is assigned and follow the bailiff’s instructions.

Meet and Confer

The CCW commissioners require that all parties meet and confer with a CSSD representative on the 18th floor before going to court for the hearing.   If a party is represented by an attorney, that attorney must be present. The parties and/or their attorneys will discuss the case with the CSSD representative to see if they can come to an agreement about the issues in the case.  If they come to an agreement, the CSSD representative will prepare a stipulation (written legal agreement).  If the court approves the stipulation signed by the parties, the agreement becomes a valid court judgment or order.

If the parties cannot reach an agreement, the CSSD representative will prepare the paperwork for the case to be heard in court. The representative will direct you to the appropriate courtroom.