Berks County Court of Common Pleas
Domestic Relations Section
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania recently renamed the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) as the Department of Human Services (DHS).
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SPECIAL NOTICE REGARDING ACCESS TO THE DRO
For security purposes and your own safety, the Domestic Relations Office (DRO) will not allow a third party into the DRO waiting room area. Please do not bring anyone with you who is not a party to the immediate action.
Only the following people will be permitted inside the DRO waiting room:
· Plaintiff's Attorney
· Defendant's Attorney
· Children (if necessary for paternity testing)
Please note that there is a cafeteria on the 2nd floor of the Services Center for members of the public to use in the event you are accompanied by someone who is not a party to the proceeding.
About 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. 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.
Please click on the menu items and links located on the left and right sides of this page to navigate the Berks DRS website.
Berks County Domestic Relations Section
633 Court Street, 6th Floor Services Center
Reading, PA 19601
610-478-6583 or 610-478-6585
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday
If you have a support case in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, please visit the PACSES Portal
to view your case information, update your address, etc.
You can access the IVR (Interactive Voice Response system) or speak with a customer service worker by calling 610.478.2900
Please supply your 9-digit case number and 10-digit member I.D. number (or Social Security number) for all telephone calls, e-mail correspondence, letters and office appearances. You can find your case and member I.D. numbers on correspondence from our office.
PLEASE DO NOT TELEPHONE OR WRITE TO ANY JUDGE OR HEARING OFFICER ABOUT YOUR CASE. JUDGES AND HEARING OFFICERS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO GIVE ADVICE OR DISCUSS CASES OUTSIDE THE COURTROOM OR HEARING ROOM. CONTACT DOMESTIC RELATIONS
OR COURT ADMINISTRATION WHEN YOU NEED HELP WITH YOUR CASE.