Each time a party files a new complaint, or a request to modify an existing support order, a support conference is held.At the conference, the parties, and their attorneys, if applicable, meet with a Conference Officer, who is trained in the current law of calculating support. The Conference Officers establish paternity of minor children when necessary. They calculate support obligations according to the Pennsylvania Support Guidelines. They establish support orders either by agreement of the parties or by recommendation to the Court.
About the Conference Officer
At the conference, the Conference Officer will review demographic information, address any paternity issues and gather information on income and certain expenses, such as child care and health insurance premiums.After the Conference Officer gathers the necessary information, he/she will calculate the support obligation and review it with the parties. If the parties agree, the Officer will draft a stipulation for their signature and an order to be signed by a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Chester County. If the parties do not agree, and the situation warrants, the Conference Officer will submit a recommended temporary order to the court based on his/her calculation and schedule a hearing before a Support Master. The parties will receive a copy of the temporary order and a written notice of the hearing date prior to leaving the conference.The parties will also receive contact information for the Enforcement Officer assigned to their case.