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Government attorneys represent only the State of Nebraska when performing child support enforcement related duties and no attorney-client relationship ever exists between the government attorney and persons served by the NDSS. The NDSS and the county or authorized attorneys have an affirmative duty to notify persons applying for services or receiving services that the legal services provided by the enforcement program are solely on behalf of the state and that no attorney-client relationship exists between the attorney and the applicant or recipient and that there is no privilege of confidentiality to the individual. Applicants and recipients of services should execute a written acknowledgment, which is fully understood, that no such relationship exists, as early as possible in the process. There is no conflict in the government attorney advocating a reduction in child support payments pursuant to his statutory duties.

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