If the parties cannot agree to a support amount at the conference level, their case will be scheduled for a hearing before a Hearing Officer.
About the Support Hearing Officers
The Hearing Officers are attorneys appointed by the Court of Common Pleas of Chester County, to act as fact finders in support and other family law cases. The Hearing officers, hear 20 cases per day, 3 days per week. All cases are listed at 9 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Hearing Officer calls the list, gives willing parties a last opportunity to negotiate and conducts evidentiary hearings on the remaining cases.
The Support Hearings are held in Hearing Room #A on the 5th floor of the Justice Center. If you have a Support Hearing scheduled, you may report directly to the 5th floor on the day of your hearing. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Hearing Officer enters a recommendation, which is submitted to a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for signature.