Child Support Attorney III (#RL2003)
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$62.28-$75.71 Hourly / $10,795.89-$13,122.47 Monthly / $129,550.71-$157,469.70 Yearly


Under direction, performs 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 experienced level class in the Child Support Attorney series. Employees in this class exercise considerable independent judgment and initiative in handling their assigned cases and may be assigned some of the most complex classes as special projects.


  • 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.
  • May train and advise lower level attorneys in the preparation and presentation of cases.


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



Experience:  One year as a Child Support Attorney II in San Joaquin County or in an equivalent class with a government agency. 


Experience:  Two years of full time experience in the practice of family law.


Principles of criminal and civil law and their application; Penal Code sections related to Child Support;  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; 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.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RL2003; EST: 5/8/2002;