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About Us

 

Berks County Court of Common Pleas
Domestic Relations
 
Mission Statement
 
Our mission is to serve the public by providing child support services as authorized by law.
 
We will establish, modify and enforce orders of support and provide support collection services for children and families in an effective and efficient manner, making prudent use of public resources.
 
We will perform our duties with honor and professionalism, and treat our clients and colleagues with dignity and respect.
 
 
About the Berks County Domestic Relations Section
 
The Domestic Relations Section is a part of the Family Court. The Family Court is a division of the Berks County Court of Common Pleas. The Family Court is a part of the Court system which helps resolve problems such as divorce, child and spousal support, temporary and permanent alimony, division of marital property, custody of children, and protection from abuse. This manual explains how the Domestic Relations Section of the Family Court operates.  The Domestic Relations Section is mainly responsible for working with families to establish and collect support for children and spouses.
 
The Domestic Relations Section is made up of Judges, Managers, Hearing Officers, Establishment and Compliance Officers, an Attorney, and various technical and clerical staff. The staff of the Domestic Relations Section is assisted by a large computer system which is used to track cases, keep financial records, and help in the enforcement of support orders. The staff in the Domestic Relations Section is trained to help people make the best decisions possible about support and related issues.
 
When the parties involved in a case are unable to agree on a support order, the Domestic Relations Section staff will recommend the amount of support to be paid and other provisions such as medical insurance coverage to the parties and to the Court. These recommendations are based on state and federal laws and the experience of the Domestic Relations Section staff.