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Administrative Officer


Term Definition Administrative Officer - an appointed official who presides over child support cases instead of a judge or commissioner.
Application in Divorce A judge is often referred to as an officer of the court. There are many officers of the court, and each of these officers may have several duties or a specific duty. The officer of the child support division of a local or state court oversees and manages child support orders. This officer often acts as a judge or referee of the court in determining whether a support order should be modified. Most child support orders should be re-examined at least every two to three years. Without the help of an officer, the courts would be continuously backed up with modification cases. Child support orders are most often modified due to a change in custody and visitation arrangements and the fluctuation of the parents’ income.

See also Change in Circumstance.

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