Presiding Circuit Judge Shaunathan Bell is pleased to announce the appointment of Attorney Colby Matthews as the child support referee for the 9th Judicial Circuit. Mr. Matthews will preside over child support enforcement actions in the Circuit Courts and District Courts of the circuit, which includes DeKalb and Cherokee counties. The actions are brought pursuant to the Social Security Enforcement Division under Title IV-D.
Judge Bell collaborated with the Alabama Administrative Office of Courts in Montgomery to secure this program for the citizens of our circuit. In a vast majority of these cases, the non-custodial parties are not represented by an attorney. The custodial party seeking the enforcement of a child support order are represented by the child support division of the Office of the District Attorney. The Department of Human Resources keeps and maintains the records and assigns staff to manage the pending cases.