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Administrative Order No. 6 Order Re Implementation of Divorce Code of 1980

1. This Order shall cover all actions filed pursuant to the Divorce Code, Act 1980-26, 23 P.S. §3301 (Divorce Code) and all action brought by a separate complaint or petition that relate to any matter involving the same family, including without limitation protection from abuse, child custody and visitation, support, division of marital property and enforcement of marital agreements.

2. The location for the filing, docketing and the maintenance of all pleadings and legal papers dealing with proceedings provided for in this order is designated to be in the Bucks County Domestic Relations Office.

3. The prothonotary of Bucks County, having agreed to do so, will establish a branch office in the Domestic Relations Office and staff same with a sufficient number of Deputies to process all matters filed pursuant to the Divorce Code and this order. The Domestic Relations Section shall provide space, furniture, equipment and support staff as needed.

4. The Deputy Prothonotaries in the Domestic Relations Office shall establish and maintain numbering, indexing, docketing and file maintenance systems for all pleadings and legal papers filed pursuant to the provisions of this order, and to this end shall adopt electronic data processing systems.

5. The Deputy Prothonotaries in the Domestic Relations office, at the end of each business day, shall deliver to the main office of the prothonotary all funds collected in connection with the performance of their duties.

6. The payment of fees and expenses to court stenographers and all appointive judicial officers appointed to serve in actions commenced pursuant to this order shall be made by the prothonotary as heretofore in the prothonotary's main office.

7. All process to be served by the Sheriff shall be delivered to that office by Deputy prothonotary in the Domestic Relations Office no later than one business day after the commencement of the action.

8. All returns of service of process in actions filed pursuant to this order shall be made to the prothonotary's branch office.

9. All actions commenced where any of the parties thereto are parties to any proceedings filed pursuant to this order shall be assigned the same case number and shall be separately identified under that number.

10. In all actions commenced pursuant to this order, including actions for support, the caption shall include the social security numbers of the adult parties thereto. In the event that a social security number is not available, the complaint or other legal paper shall contain an averment setting forth why this number is not included.

11. All complaints and petitions commencing actions pursuant to this order, including actions for support, shall contain a specific averment stating whether or not there are any pending or terminated actions involving the parties to the action. In the event that such actions exist, there shall be a further averment identifying the action, the assigned Judge, the Court in which it was filed and the current status thereof.

12. The registry of decrees and proceedings of other Courts required by Act 1977.20, 11 P.S. §2317, and Act 1978-47, 11 P.S. §2417, shall be maintained by the prothonotary's branch office.