Welcome to the County of Berks
Welcome to The Office of Family Court
            The Berks County Family Court has been closely monitoring the rapidly changing conditions surrounding the Coronavirus.  Your safety and your Family Court matters as well as the safety of our employees are all important to us and we are doing what we can to continue to provide necessary services while keeping you and our employees safe.
            As of today, we continue to remain open on a very limited basis to assist you and your families.  We are limiting services to emergency matters only at this time.  PLEASE READ our “Seven Guidelines” under CUSTODY at the right, to give you some practical ideas for dealing with your custody issues in the midst of this crisis.
DO NOT come to the Courthouse or Services Center if you are ill
or caring for someone who is ill.
            Contact Family Court Administration at telephone number 610-478-6208 ext. 5770 or by FAX at 610-478-4995, if you have questions about an emergency matter or want to request to proceed by telephone instead of coming in for any emergency proceeding.  Emergency filing can be done electronically by attorneys and should be coordinated through Family Court for individuals without an attorney.
            We appreciate your patience and understanding during this health emergency. 
            Visit the Berks County DES website for updated information on the Coronavirus www.berksdes.com.
I have been asked about the impact of the Governor’s “stay at home” order on existing child custody orders and the travel necessary to effectuate them in affected counties.  The Governor’s Office of General Counsel has confirmed to me that the Governor’s order does not prohibit such travel.  (In counties not subject to the stay-at-home order, there is likewise no barrier to such travel and the continued enforcement of custody orders.)  Judges have discretion to modify custody orders in light of changing circumstances, but nothing in the Governor’s order requires that.

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