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The magistrate is a type of judge with a limited role in your case. The magistrate can decide Parental Responsibilities and Child Support.


Usually, you will have a Hearing with the magistrate if you do not agree to parental responsibilities and child support at the Case Manager's Conference.


If you do agree to a Temporary Order on these issues, the magistrate will sign your agreement, making it a court order. The magistrate could also reject your agreement if the magistrate does not think it is in the best interests of the kids.

If you have a temporary order, the judge can adopt or modify it by agreement or at a Final Hearing. If for some reason you don't have a temporary order, the judge will have to send you back to the magistrate before issuing a Final Order.

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