Q: I petitioned for child support in April through the child support agency. My court date was today as soon as we were called the judge swore us in.Then began to ask if we will be representing ourselves or would we want to seek council. I said represent myself and the respondent said seek council, the judge gave us another court date. Should I now seek council? and why is he allowed to get an appointed lawyer and not me?
A: David’s Answer: Generally, the only way a party gets “appointed” counsel in a child support case is if its a violation case & the recipient is seeking incarceration. Otherwise, each of you are generally entitled to 1 adjournment per case to seek counsel. Whether you need representation in your case should be assessed at a full consult. Call a Westchester Child Support attorney to make an appointment.