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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF FLORIDA, SEVENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR FLAGLER, PUTNAM, ST. JOHNS AND VOLUSIA COUNTIES


RE: CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT HEARING OFFICERS                            
REF: FM-2012-020-SC (Rescinds FM-2009-020-SC)

WHEREAS, pursuant to Rule 12.491, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, circuits may utilize Child Support Enforcement Hearing Officers if approval for such has been granted by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, and

WHEREAS, pursuant to administrative orders issued by the Florida Supreme Court, the Seventh Judicial Circuit is authorized to utilize Child Support Enforcement Hearing Officers in both Title IV-D and non IV-D proceedings;

NOW THEREFORE, I, William A. Parsons , Chief Judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, hereby order that Child Support Enforcement Hearing Officers may be utilized in proceedings related to the establishment, enforcement (including contempt), or modification of child support filed in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerks of the Court shall refer causes of action or other proceedings for the establishment, enforcement or modification of child support to a Child Support Enforcement Hearing Officer within the circuit.  Alternatively, judges may also refer matters related to the establishment, enforcement or modification of child support to a Child Support Enforcement Hearing Officer when child support is the sole subject of the initiating filing, or when a temporary child support issue must be addressed prior to a final hearing before a judge. 

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED as follows:

  1. A Child Support Enforcement Hearing Officer’s duties may include:

    a. conducting hearings for the establishment, enforcement (including contempt), or modification of child support wherein the party seeking support is receiving services pursuant to Title IV-D of the Social Security Act;

    b. conducting hearings to modify or enforce a support order that was previously entered as a result of a permanent injunction wherein the party seeking support is receiving services pursuant to Title IV-D of the Social Security Act;

    c. conducting hearings in non-Title IV-D cases;

    d. conducting hearings to modify or enforce a support order that was previously entered as a result of a permanent injunction;

    e. performing such other duties as may be assigned by the Chief Judge pursuant to Rule 12.491, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure.

  2. A Child Support Hearing Officer appointed for the singular purpose of providing services pursuant to Title IV-D of the Social Security Act is permitted to provide the aforementioned duties in Title-IV-D cases only.

  3. A Child Support Enforcement Hearing Officer’s duties may not include conducting hearings on issues included in injunctions for protection against domestic violence other than those outlined above (see Rule 12.610(c)(1)C, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure).

  4. The general powers and duties of a child support enforcement hearing officer are those specified in Rule 12.491(e), Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure.

  5. A Child Support Enforcement Hearing Officer is deemed to be an employee of the Seventh Judicial Circuit Court and functions under the direction of the Chief Judge and Court Administrator, or their designees.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the appointment of individuals to serve as Child Support Hearing Officers shall be accomplished by separate administrative order.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that administrative order FM-2009-020-SC is hereby rescinded.

TO BE RECORDED in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties.

DONE AND ORDERED in Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida this 1st day of August 2012.

/s/ William A. Parsons
Judge William A. Parsons
Chief Judge