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Family Court Custody


Provide families and children with a consistent, accessible, and coordinated means of resolving legal matters in a fair, efficient, and effective manner.

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Effective January 3, 2005, all Custody Complaints and Petitions for Modification of Custody filed in Berks County are assigned a mediator and scheduled for a conciliation conference. This procedure has been developed to encourage parties to participate in mediation within thirty (30) days of the complaint/petition being filed. If the mediation does not result in an agreement, the conciliation will go forward as scheduled. Our goals are to speed up the process of obtaining temporary or permanent custody orders, cut down on the conciliation backlog, and provide an opportunity for the parties to resolve custody disputes without expensive and time consuming litigation, while recognizing the necessity of court intervention in appropriate cases.

The Memorandum of Understanding you have mediated is not a legally binding document and therefore, it is unenforceable unless and until it is made into an order of court. You are encouraged to consult with an attorney to understand your rights and responsibilities under the law. If you do not have an attorney, but wish to retain one, please contact the BERKS COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION, 544-546 Court Street, Reading PA 19603 (610) 375-4591, and please advise that this is for a case regarding custody.

Contact Information
Family Court Custody
Mailing Address Only: 4th Floor
633 Court Street
Reading, PA 19601
Phone:  610-478-6208 ext. 5770
Fax:  610-478-4995
Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.


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