After my husband abandoned me and my son I'm filing for child support, child custody and attorney fees. His lawyer asked my lawyer to go thru social services for child support and to do paternity testing also. My question is will it be beneficial for me to do that rather than getting my lawyer to do it all? Isn't the DSS slower and less detail than what a lawyer would do? What are my options?
Good questions. If you have an attorney, I'm guessing that his attorney has requested that you guys set up the payments through centralized collections in Raleigh and allow DSS to intervene to enforce the support. The two attorneys can still calculate the support and do the order themselves, and then the order gets sent to DSS for enforcement and to Raleigh to establish the payments. This won't slow the process down at all. If you didn't have an attorney you could go to DSS to establish the support obligation and that is definitely slower because you'd probably wait months just to get an appointment with a case worker.
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