Attorney I, Child Support Services

County of Los Angeles
Full Time $76,615 - $103,240 Per year CA Los Angeles County Child Support Services Department, 600 S Commonwealth Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005, United States




Thisannouncementisareposttoupdateinformationinthe following section:Examination Content.TYPE OF RECRUITMENT:


DEFINITION:Under general supervision, performs beginning level legal work for the Child Support Services Department pursuant to Title IV-D of the Social Security Act, which includes, but is not limited to determining parentage and modifying and enforcing child support obligations.


Positions allocable to this class typically report to a higher-level attorney and are characterized by the performance of the less difficult legal tasks involved in handling child support cases. Incumbents are given a variety of legal assignments and are expected to develop progressively increasing skills in caseload management, the preparation of pleadings, legal strategy and trial advocacy. Incumbents must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of law, trial procedure, and their application, including California Welfare and Institutions Code, Family Code, Civil Code, Evidence Code, and the rules of court, knowledge of legal research methods and have the ability to present statements of fact, law and argument clearly and logically in both written and oral format. Incumbents in this class serve a one-year probationary period.

Essential Job Functions

Handles routine civil paternity and support litigation heard in the Superior Court.  

Handles routine workers compensation and unemployment insurance proceedings for purposes of asserting liens or claims for the recovery of support debts.  

Initiates and responds to motions, discovery requests and other legal actions and proceedings regarding paternity and support. 

Interprets and applies laws, court decisions, local, state and Federal regulations, and other legal authorities for use in the preparation of child support cases.

Makes recommendations for appeals of routine child support cases.  

Confers with custodial parents, non-custodial parents, witnesses and other interested parties regarding cases for purposes of negotiating settlements and/or preparing cases for hearing. 

Represents the department in administrative hearings, under Family Code Section 17801. 

Reviews and analyzes financial information from parties and as provided by State, Federal, and other agencies.

Performs legal research in specific areas of civil and family law, analyzes legal issues in pending cases and reports findings and conclusions.  

Prepares judgments, orders, stipulations and other legal documents necessary to establish and enforce paternity and support.  

Provides legal guidance to non-attorney staff regarding legal issues involved in prospective paternity and/or support actions.  

Assist senior level attorneys in preparing for and conducting more complex litigation as needed.


No experience required.
Please see Special Requirement Information below.

Admission to practice law in all courts of the State of California.

A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.

2 - Light: This class includes administrative and clerical positions requiring light physical effort that may include occasional light lifting to a 10 pound limit and some bending, stooping, or squatting. Considerable ambulation may be involved.


*In order to qualify for this examination, applicants must upload/submit a legible copy of their valid active California State Bar license to practice law in all courts of California OR a copy of online Bar member information print-out from the State Bar of California website with an "Active" status designation. Applicants who have taken the California State Bar, but are waiting on their Bar Cards, must upload a copy of their congratulations letter that reflects the name and address of the applicant completing all the requirements at the time of filing or within fifteen (15) calendar days from application submission.

Applicants may upload required and/or additional documents (i.e., copy of degree, certification, transcripts, DD214, etc.) as attachment(s) at the time of filing or within fifteen (15) calendar days of filing. If you are unable to attach the required document(s) to your online application, you may email them to

Please include your name, employee number (if applicable), examination title, and examination number.


Additional Information

This examination will consist of multiple-choice and/or simulation assessments weighted at 100% measuring:

Verbal Ability
Deductive Reasoning
Professional Potential
Generating New Ideas
Analyzing Information
Learning Quickly
Working to High Quality Standards
Coping with Uncertainty
Adapting to Change
Willingness to Learn
Working Relationships
Uses time Efficiently


Candidates must meet the Minimum Requirements and achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the written examination in order to be placed on the eligible list.

  • Applicants who have taken identical components recently for other exams may have their responses automatically transferred to this examination.
  • This examination contains assessment components that may be used in the future for new examinations and your assessment scores may be transferred.

All test invitations will be sent to candidates via email. It is important that candidates provide a   valid   email   address   in   their   application. Please add


to your email address and list of approved senders to prevent email notifications from being filtered as spam/junk/clutter mail.


Study guides and other test preparation resources are available to help candidates prepare for employment tests through the Department of Human Resources website at:


You can also access practice tests for the computerized portion of the test by going to the following website:

While these study guides will help in preparing for the test, we advise you to review ALL related materials that you deem necessary.

The names of candidates receiving a passing score in the examination will be placed on the eligible list in the order of their scored group for a period of six (6) months following the date of promulgation.

The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance employer. Except for a very limited number of positions, you will not be asked to provide information about a conviction history unless you receive a contingent offer of employment. The County will make an individualized assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and consider potential mitigating factors, including, but not limited to, evidence and extent of rehabilitation, recency of the offense(s), and age at the time of the offense(s).

If asked to provide information about a conviction history, any convictions or court records which are exempted by a valid court order do not have to be disclosed.ANTI-RACISM, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION (ARDI):

The County of Los Angeles recognizes and affirms that all people are created equal and are entitled to all rights afforded by the Constitution of the United States. The Child Support Services Department is committed to promoting Anti-racism, Diversity, and Inclusion efforts to address the inequalities and disparities amongst races. We support the ARDI Strategic Plan and its goals by improving equality, diversity, and inclusion in recruitment, selection, and employment practices.


The resulting eligible list for this examination will be used to fill vacancies throughout the Child Support Services Department as they occur.


Applications must be filed online only. We must receive your application by the end of the filing period. Applications submitted by U.S. Mail, fax, or in person will not be accepted.

Apply online by going to and clicking on the green "Apply" button at the top right of the posting. You can also track the status of your application using this website.

Many important notifications including invitation letters will be sent electronically to the email address provided on the application. It is important that you provide a valid email address. Please add



to your email address and list of approved senders to prevent email notifications from being filtered as spam/junk/clutter mail.

  • Applicants have the ability to opt out of emails from LA County. If you unsubscribe, you will not receive any email notification for any examination for which you apply with Los Angeles County.
  • It is your responsibility to take the above steps to view correspondence. Los Angeles County will not consider claims of not viewing or receiving notification to be a valid reason for late test administration or rescheduling of a test component.

Plan to submit your online application well in advance of the deadline as you may be required to verify your email address. This only needs to be done once per email address, and if you already have a job seeker account on

you can verify at any time by logging in and following the prompts. This is to enhance the security of your online application and to ensure you do not enter an incorrect email address.

Computer and Internet Access at Public Libraries: For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.
No Sharing of User ID and Password: All applicants must file their application online using their own user ID and password. Using a family member's or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.

Fill out your application completely.

The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the Special Requirements.

Provide any relevant job experience in the spaces provided so we can evaluate your qualifications for the job. For each job held, give the name and address of your employer, your job title, beginning and ending dates, number of hours worked per week, description of work performed, and salary earned. Incomplete applications will be rejected.


Applicants may upload required and/or additional documents (i.e., copy of degree, certification, etc.) as attachments at the time of filing or within 15 calendar days of filing. If you are unable to attach the required documents, you may digitally send them via e-mail to

. Please include your name, employee number, examination title, and examination number in your email.


Please note that all information included in the application materials is subject to verification at any point during the examination and hiring process, including after an appointment has been made.

Falsification of any information may result in disqualification or rescission of appointment.

Utilizing verbiage from Class Specifications and Selection Requirements serving as your description of duties will not be sufficient to demonstrate that you meet the requirements. Doing so may result in an incomplete application and you may be disqualified.


Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes. Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.

Testing Accommodation Information and Coordinator Contact Information

If you require an accommodation to fairly compete in any part of the assessment process, let us know by contacting the Testing Accommodations Coordinator at

You will be required to complete the Request for Reasonable Accommodation form as well as provide supporting documentation from a qualified professional justifying the requested accommodation(s). The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can respond to your request and keep you moving through the process.

Jillian N. Maldonado
(323) 929-1913


(800) 735-2922
(800) 325-0778