In most cases, the Court Commissioner or Family Law Judge has the final authority for deciding the amount of child support to be paid and who will be responsible for making those payments. A child support agency may ask the court to issue a new support order or modify an existing order to either decrease or increase child support.
The support order may be part of an interim, temporary, permanent, or modified court order in a divorce, paternity action, child custody action or separate child support action. The court sets the amount of child support based on both party's income and the percentage of time the child is in each parties' care. The court may also order additional child support such as medical support, daycare expense, and other add-ons. The court may reduce child support based on certain hardship circumstances identified in Family Code Section 4050 and thereafter.
Filings is the act of submitting a document to the clerk of a court so it can be placed in the court's file to start a legal action against another party, or so it can be considered by the Judge or Commissioner when they are making decisions on a case. All documents of legal importance exchanged between the parties are filed with the court.
Here's how to file with Tehama County Superior Court located at 1760 Walnut Street in Red Bluff:
Any document that you file with the court must be shared with the Child Support Services Department and the other party involved on the case. You cannot serve your own documents, meaning you cannot deliver the documents in person, yourself. Here are some ways to file a proof of service:
Once the documents have been served in person or by mail, the person who served them needs to fill out a Proof of Service and file it with the court clerk.(See above.)
You can purchase a Proof of Servie form at the court clerk's office, or you can obtain a pdf filllable form fro free from the California Courts Judicial branch website at: http://www.courts.ca.gov/1195.htm.
Some documents, such as contempt actions and request for emergency temporary orders, must be served in-person, not via mail, to the other party. If you need information regarding serving parties with documents, contact the Tehama County Family Law Facilitator for assistance.
How Appear on Your Case by Phone
If you are out of the area and would like to appear for your proceeding on the IV-D Child Support Calendar by phone, complete the “FL-679 Request for Telephone Appearance Form” (Found on our website under the Forms tab) and mail/deliver it to the clerk’s office at 1740 Walnut Street, Red Bluff, CA 96080. Or, to make your request by phone, call the Tehama County Superior Court Clerk’s Office at 530-527-6441 and specify your case is with the Thursday, IV-D Child Support Calendar when making your request. Be sure to provide an accurate phone number and the day of court be prepared to answer the call when court begins at 9am. The Commissioner will attempt to contact you by the phone number you provided only once.