"Domestic Relations" is the section of the court tasked with calculating, awarding and enforcing the payment of child support, spousal support, and alimony pendente lite (APL).  The office's functions are intended to be "consumer friendly" to allow most individuals to seek the court's assistance with support matters without the need to hire an attorney.

Unless you are experienced in dealing with Domestic Relations and the conferences it holds to determine support matters, it is advisable to seek the advice of an experienced support attorney prior to filing any paperwork at Domestic Relations or appearing for a conference.  Support matters, like most legal matters, are not always as straightforward as they may seem.  Consult an attorney as soon as you receive notice of a support action against you or if you wish to seek support for yourself or your child.  (Caution:  If you have been summoned to a conference and cannot seek the advice of an attorney beforehand, you nevertheless must go to the conference.)  

Domestic Relations does not resolve issues of alimony (support paid by an ex-spouse to and ex-spouse).  Consult an attorney before you are divorced for assistance in obtaining alimony.

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