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Docketing/Fiscal

The mission of the Docketing Division is to maintain the official court records in order to provide timely disposition of support documents to clients, law and judicial communities, and Domestic Relations Section staff. Incoming filing from clients, attorneys and judicial staff is accepted in the Docketing Division. The Docketing Division also accepts payments for support allocations and court costs.
 
Located within the Docketing Division is a public kiosk terminal where clients may view their Domestic Relations Docketing files.
 
 
Making a Payment
Normal Support payments should be sent directly to the Pennsylvania State Collection and Disbursement Unit (SCDU):
 
PA SCDU
P.O. Box 69110
Harrisburg, PA 17106-9110
 
Please include your member ID and case number on any check or money order sent to SCDU.
Under certain circumstances, payments for Support may be made in the Berks County Domestic Relations Office. These payments must be made in cash.
 
As of August 23, 2010, we may no longer accept personal checks over the counter for Support. All checks must be sent to SCDU.
 
Paying Costs and Fees in the Domestic Relations Section
Payments towards fees may be made in the Berks County Domestic Relations Office. Cash, check, or money order will be accepted.
 
Manual Distributions of Payments

Per PA Rule of Civil Procedure 1910.17(d), Domestic Relations may not apply payments to a specific case or allocation. All money posted will distribute per the distribution hierarchy. 

Distribution Hierarchy of Payments - Pa.R.C.P. 1910.17(d)

  1. Current Support- Child and Family
    1. Child and family support
    2. Medical support/child care/ other misc. support
    3. Spousal/alimony on a IV-D (child support) case
  2. Ordered on Arrears
    1. Child and family support
    2. Medical support/child care/ other misc. support
    3. Spousal/alimony on a IV-D (child support) case
  3. Current Support- Spousal & Alimony Non-IVD case
  4. Retroactive Arrears- Child and Family
    1. Child and family support
    2. Medical support/child care/ other misc. support
    3. Spousal/alimony on a IV-D (child support) case
  5. Normal Arrears- Child and Family
    1. Child and family support
    2. Medical support/child care/ other misc. support
    3. Spousal/alimony on a IV-D (child support) case
  6. Ordered on Arrears- Spousal & Alimony Non-IVD case
  7. Retroactive Arrears- Spousal & Alimony Non-IVD case
  8. Normal Arrears- Spousal & Alimony Non-IVD case
  9. Genetic Testing Fee
    1. Current arrears
    2. Ordered on arrears
    3. Retroactive Genetic Test Fee arrears
    4. Normal Genetic Test Fee arrears
  10. Fees
    1. Current
    2. Ordered on Arrears
    3. Retroactive fee arrears
    4. Normal fee arrears
  11. Future Support- Child and Family Support, medical, child care, other misc. support, spousal and alimony support and fees 

 ***If a Defendant has multiple cases: During distribution, the total support due for obligations with the same priority are totaled on each case and compared to the obligor’s total of those same priority obligations for all of his/her cases to determine what percentage each case represents of the total obligation. The support collection is prorated based upon the percentage in the event the amount of the support payment is insufficient to satisfy all obligations in full.
 
 *** “Family First” Arrears Payment Distribution: If a family was previously on welfare, often there are support arrears owed to the family AND arrears owed to Welfare. In such cases, PACSES distributes arrears payments to the family first.
 
Double Dips
If wages have been garnished by two different sources; for example a full-time and part-time employer or a part-time employer and unemployment compensation, please call 610-478-2900 to discuss your options.
 
IRS Payment Information
The Domestic Relations office may not offer advice or guidance pertaining to Allocated and Unallocated orders, what can be claimed, or what is deductible. These questions can be answered at one of the following resources:
  1. The IRS: 1-800-829-1040 or www.irs.gov
  2. A tax accountant
  3. Internal Revenue Code, Section 71
  4. The PA Rules of Civil Procedure: Pa.R.C.P.1910.16-4(f)
State Tax Intercept Guidelines
State Taxes will be intercepted if more than $11.00 in arrears is owed on a case.
If filed taxes jointly, the parties will receive a letter that they must sign to either agree to let Domestic Relations intercept it or they will have to file separately. If the letter is not answered the intercepted monies will be held for six months.
 
The Federal Tax Intercept Guidelines
If welfare arrears are in excess of $150.00 (including Birthing Expenses) and/or plaintiff arrears are in excess of $500.00, Federal Income taxes will be intercepted
 
Qualifying arrears for tax intercept are determined on a combined total basis for all of the defendant’s cases.
 
If the defendant is married and files jointly, his or her spouse should file an Injured Spouse form at the time they file their taxes. The defendant’s portion of the intercept will be held for six months before it is distributed to the plaintiff. If the defendant’s spouse files the injured spouse form immediately upon having their taxes completed, his or her portion will be returned to them and the defendant’s portion could be released as early as 90 days to the plaintiff. Form 8379 will be needed to file and injured spouse claim. The form can be acquired by calling 1-800-829-1040 or by visiting www.irs.gov
 
Fees
The Federal Government charges a processing fee of $12.65. The County intercept processing fee is $12.35. This $25.00 for fees is deducted from the defendant’s balance.
 
Interstate Cases
The initiating state (the state providing services to the plaintiff) submits qualified arrears for intercept. It is up to the other state to notify our office if they are intercepting taxes.