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JOB TITLE:

Title IV-D Attorney

JOB CODE:


DEPARTMENT:

Domestic Relations

UNION:

FLSA STATUS:

Exempt

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Job Summary:

The Title IV-D Attorney provides Title IV-D legal services to child support obligees as mandated by the Title IV-D Cooperative Agreement and as provided for in 23 Pa. C.S. §4306. These legal services include providing legal representation at paternity, establishment and enforcement hearings including the review of proposed agreements.  The Title IV-D Attorney acts as legal counsel for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Title IV-D Agency, which is the Domestic Relations Section of the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The Title IV-D Attorney shall provide routine representation in paternity actions, including cases involving issues related to presumption of paternity and/or estoppel; and actions to establish paternity consistent with Pa.R.C.P. 1930.6.
  • The Title IV-D Attorney shall provide routine representation at hearings scheduled in child support cases whenever the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Human Service’s interest is jeopardized, including cases in which the children are recipients of TANF benefits; the obligee filed the support action to Pennsylvania under the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act or filed under the Intrastate Family Support Act; complex cases where discovery may be required;non-TANF matters of contempt where an obligee requests representation and in other cases as assigned by the Domestic Relations Director.
  • The Title IV-D Attorney shall schedule and track complex support cases.
  • The Title IV-D Attorney shall provide routine representation whenever the exhaustion of all other routine enforcement has failed, and in accordance with 45 CFR 303.6, and 303.20(f).Upon DRS request, the Title IV-D Attorney shall evaluate cases to determine what action should be initiated, including filing of liens and reviewing and taking action on bankruptcy filings.
  • The Title IV-D Attorney shall accept service and respond to any motions filed in which the Department of Human Services or the Domestic Relations Office is a party of interest.
  • Filing Appeals to the appropriate appellate court in cases deemed to have merit or when obligor exercises appellate right.
  • Reporting to the court any instances of non-cooperation by active cash or Title XIX medical assistance recipients when said non-cooperation impedes the purpose and goals of the Cooperative Agreement.
  • Reviewing, approving and denying support/APL/Spousal complaints and petitions to modify.
  • Reviewing and filing intergovernmental support actions.
  • Reviewing and resolving Data Integrity Lists.
  • The Title IV-D Attorney shall attend and successfully complete all training mandated by the Domestic Relations Director and the Bureau of Child Support Enforcement, Department of Human Services and be able to utilize the statewide child support automation system known as ePACSES and other various County automation systems.
  • The Title IV-D Attorney shall maintain confidentiality of information.The Title IV-D Attorney shall address all requests for confidential information.
  • The Title IV-D attorney must understand and apply support laws, The Rules of Civil Procedure, and policies and procedures as established/followed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Domestic Relations.
  • The Title IV-D Attorney shall conduct Law Reviews for DRS staff on support laws, The Rules of Civil Procedure and policies and procedures as established/followed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Domestic Relations.
  • Must be able to communicate verbally and in writing in a clear, businesslike and professional manner, and prepare clear professional letters, reports, etc.
  • The Title IV-D Attorney will be required to coordinate their schedule with 1-2 other IV-D Attorneys in order to ensure coverage for all matters which the IV-D Attorney is required to be in attendance.
  • The Title IV-D Attorney will be required to occasionally work from the DRS Bristol Office.

Qualifications:

  • The Title IV-D Attorney shall have a juris doctor degree from an accredited law school, is licensed to practice law within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and be in good standing with the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. A practitioner of family law considered desirable but not necessary.
  • Must possess a valid Pennsylvania Driver's License and reliable vehicle.

Supervision:

  • The Title IV-D Attorney shall receive daily direction and general guidance from the DRS Director and/or Deputy Director, regarding Title IV-D policy, rules and statutes.

Restrictions:

  • The Title IV-D Attorney shall not represent private parties in Bucks County Domestic Relations actions either at the Domestic Relations Office or before a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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