Child Support Attorney III/IV

Position:  Child Support Attorney III/IV
Organization:   County of San Luis Obispo
Location:  San Luis Obispo, California

Job Description:  The Child Support Attorney is the sole Attorney processing cases for the Department of Child Support Services. They are a key member of the department management team, and integral in supporting the mission and vision of the department. This position is approved as a 3/4 time FTE (30 hours per week) position, but there is an opportunity for additional hours.

Typical job duties include:

  • Advises department staff, custodial and non-custodial parents, and witnesses regarding legal issues involved in prospective civil paternity and/or support actions.
  • Interprets and applies laws, court decisions, local, state, and federal regulations, and other legal authorities for use in the preparation of child support cases.
  • Prepares legal pleadings, including complaints, answers, demurrers, discovery, motions, orders, and judgments required for hearings, trials, and varied legal proceedings; drafts and prepares related reports and correspondence; maintains accurate case records.
  • Litigates a variety of paternity and support cases in civil court trials and at family law and motion hearings.


  • Have strong knowledge of and experience as a Child Support Attorney
  • Have the ability to work independently while also being an integral member of the Management team
  • Encompass strong leadership and communication skills to facilitate and support implementation of the mission, vision and operations of the Department
  • Have the ability to adapt quickly and adjust to different working styles
  • Be comfortable working with cutting edge technology, including use of video conferencing applications, digital document processes and electronic filing systems
  • Easily develop partnerships and work collaboratively with public and private stakeholders and coworkers
  • Be a proven problem solver, team builder, and strategic thinker
  • Possess excellent organizational skills and be skilled at identifying best practices


  • Child Support Attorney III: EITHER A: Two years of experience as an attorney in the practice of law for a public agency or three years in the practice of general civil law
  • Child Support Attorney IV: EITHER A: Three years of progressively responsible experience as an attorney in the practice of law for a public agency or four years in the practice of general civil law
  • Must be an active member of the California State Bar Association.

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