1. What if I disagree with the Court’s bill, or my financial situation changes?
You may ask for a review hearing in front of the Judge (at no cost) and must submit an updated Financial Statement.
2. How do I get a court-appointed attorney?
Complete the Request for a Court Appointed Attorney and return it to the court.
3. How much will a court-appointed attorney cost?
The current rate is $55/ hour.
4. What if I can’t afford the court-appointed attorney?
The court will still appoint an attorney for you. You may qualify for reduced billing by providing income verification.
5. If I am required to pay, but am unable to pay it all at once, can I make payments?
Yes. Contact the Chief Clerk to set up arrangements. No interest will be assessed.
If you would like to pay fees by phone you will need the Juvenile’s case number and the courts PLC #1071. The number to call is 1-888-604-7888 there will be a 5% fee (Minimum $11.00) or you may chose to pay over the internet www.GovPayNOW.com there is a 3.5% fee (Minimum $3.50)
6. What other costs could I be billed for?
Counseling services, out of home placements, and drug screens.
7. How much will the counseling cost?
You will be billed the actual cost of counseling for individual sessions.
8. What are out of home placements?
Detention, foster care or residential placements.
9. What if I need an interpreter?
The Court must be notified on what type of interpreting services you need.Â The Court will arrange to have an interpreter here for your court hearing…at no cost to you.
10. I am a single parent. Will I have to pay for all of the costs incurred?
No. The maximum you will be billed is 50% of the costs.
11. I am divorced. Will my ex-spouse also get a bill?
Yes. Both parents are legally responsible for costs incurred, regardless of who has physical custody. Each parent will be billed no more than 50% of the costs.
12. But what if I am paying child support? Do I still get billed?
Yes. You will be billed for no more than 50% of the costs. If your child gets placed out of the home long-term, please contact the Chief Clerk so that the Friend of the Court can be directed to send your child support payments to us.
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