After the intake of a new case is complete and the petition is filed, the case is forwarded to a Conference Officer, who will schedule a conference to determine the amount of support to be contributed by each party.
Both should be present at the conference. In the event of an out-of-State client, a phone conference would be appropriate. Conference Officers encourage parties to come to an agreed amount of support. In the event an agreement cannot be reached, an Order of Support is entered by recommendation of the Conference Office based on the guidelines established by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and other criteria. The Order as prepared at the conference is submitted to a judge for his review and signature.
If a party is not in agreement with a recommended order, that party should file exceptions within 20 days of the date of the Order. In some cases, both parties file exceptions. A hearing on those exceptions will then be scheduled before a judge. However, the original Order remains in effect during that time before the hearing on the exceptions takes place.