Child Support Referee

Posted by on May 2, 2014 in Child Support

If you are modifying a child support order in New Hampshire, chances are when you go to court you will appear before a child support referee.  What is a child support referee and what types of authority do they have are questions that many people have when they first arrive in court.  The first thing you will notice is that the Child Support Referee does not wear a black robe, and does not sit on the judges bench.  In fact, most child support referee hearings are held in the courtroom, but sitting at a table.  The authority of the child support referee comes from RSA 490-F:15.  Referee’s are attorney’s who have been appointed by the Court to hear cases of child support, medical support, paternity and other child support related matters.  The child support referee hearing proceeds much like any other hearing in a Family Division courtroom – both parties have an opportunity to speak, to present their case with testimony and evidence then the child support referee will make a decision.  A decision is not made that day, but the information is taken in by the child support referee, considered and then they make a recommendation to  a marital master or judge and the Court Order is entered.  If you are dissatisfied with the Court’s order, you cannot appeal to a judge or a marital master.  Like any other family division case, you are entitled to file for a reconsideration of the order within 10 days, and if you are still dissatisfied an appeal to the NH Supreme Court is your recourse.