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Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to what you may be thinking about.
Who is the Plaintiff? Party with physical custody of child and/or person receiving payments is the plantiff.
Who is the Defendant? Non-custodial parent and/or person making payments is the defendant.
Must I file for child support? No. Only plaintiffs receiving cash assistance must file for support. If you are not receiving cash assistance, you may choose to file or not to file for support.
Can a relative or friend come with me or attend in my place? A friend or relative may pick up petitioning information on your behalf but for both parties’ privacy, only attorneys and parties may attend conferences. Third parties may not accompany you into the conference or hearing. As you are a party in the case you are required to attend. Third parties may not attend in place of you.
What if I have no transportation to BCDRS Doylestown Office? Call Bucks County Transport 1-888-795-0740 (English and Spanish)
What happens if Plaintiff or Defendant move out of Bucks County? The order can still be modified and/or enforced by Bucks County. Contact the Intake Unit in Doylestown or the Bristol Office for more information.
Am I charged for using Domestic Relations? There is no filing fee. There is a one-time Judicial Computer Fee upon entry of an order. There is a $50 bench warrant fee and transportation costs.
What is a PACSES number and why do I need one? It is the number assigned to your case statewide and necessary to access your specific case information.
What is a Member number and why do I need one? It is the number assigned to you statewide and necessary to access your specific member information.
How do I change my assigned Officer? Officers are assigned by the first letter of the defendant’s last name. You can not change Officers.
How can I modify my support order amount? If there is a significant change in one or both parties’ circumstances, you may file a petition to modify the order. You may contact this office for filing instructions.
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