Bucks Count Family Court has various divisions that handle the various Family Law issues that come before the Court. As basic as it may be, when a person has to appear in Doylestown to have their Family Law matter heard by the Court, knowing when and where to go can be half the battle.
The Family Division in Bucks County
The Family Division of the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas is housed in buildings at 20 and 30 E. Court Street, Doylestown, PA 18901 (at the corner of Court and Pine Streets).
The Family Division is located at:
Many Family Law matters are held in the Family Division buildings although some Family Court hearings are held in the main courthouse, also known as the Bucks County Justice Center, which is located at 100 N. Main Street, Doylestown, PA 18901, and other Family Law matters yet are handled at the satellite Domestic Relations office located in Bristol, PA.
The Buck County Justice Center is located at:
All Family Court filings should be directed to the Bucks County Prothonotary's Office located at 30 E. Court Street, First Floor, Doylestown, PA. The Prothonotary Office's phone number is 215-348-6822. The office hours are Monday to Friday from 8:15 AM to 4 PM.
Bucks County Family Court Hearings
Hearings may be held in courtrooms on the third floor of 30 E. Court Street, or they may be held in the Bucks County Justice Center. Some possible Family Division courtrooms in Bucks County are as follows:
Courtroom A-8 - Family Court Building 3rd Floor
Courtroom A-9 - Family Court Building 3rd Floor
Courtroom A-10 Family Court Building 3rd Floor
Protection from Abuse Hearings
Protection from Abuse hearings, also known as "PFA" hearings, are scheduled by the Family Court Prothonotary. PFA hearings, often involving domestic violence, spousal abuse, or child abuse, are generally scheduled on Wednesdays. PFA contempt issues (when a party is alleged to have violated a PFA) are generally scheduled on Wednesday afternoons. Questions regarding PFA scheduling in Bucks County can contact the Court at 215-348-6822.
Support and Alimony Pendente Lite Conferences
All child and spousal support and alimony pendente lite (also known as APL) conferences are scheduled by and held in the Bucks County Domestic Relations Section offices on the second floor of 30 E. Court Street.. The phone number for the Domestic Relations section is 215-340-8068 and the fax number is 215-348-6633.
Doylestown Intake and Parent Locator Offices
Offices for Bucks County Intake and Parent Locator are in the Domestic Relations Section. Parties filing new petitions must make an appointment. Appointments are not necessary for parties filing for modification.
Child custody cases in Bucks County will generally be "first-listed" for a Bucks County Custody Conference which are held in the Family Division Custody Masters Office which is located on the lower level of 30 E. Court Street in Doylestown. The phone number to the Bucks County Custody Masters Office is 215-348-6844 and the fax number is 215-348-6792.
Equitable Distribution, Alimony, and Alimony Modification Conferences
Conferences for Equitable Distribution, Alimony, and Alimony Modification are held in the Family Division Custody Masters Office located in the lower level of 30 E. Court Street, Doylestown, PA 18901. The phone number to the Custody Masters Office is 215-348-6844 and the fax number is 215-348-6792. Equitable Distribution conferences are generally scheduled to begin at 9 AM.
Fault Divorce, Annulment, and Contested Section 3301(d) Hearings
Fault Divorce, Annulment, and contested Section 3301(d) hearing are "on the record," and are held in the Custody Masters Office located in the lower level of 30 E. Court Street in Doylestown, PA 18901. The phone number to the Custody Masters Office is 215-348-6844 and the fax number is 215-348-6792. Fault Divorce, Annulment, and contested Section 3301(d) hearings are generally scheduled to begin at 2 PM.
Bucks County District Attorney and Public Defender
The Bucks County District Attorney's Office and the Office of the Public Defender handle some child support enforcement matters and some Protection from Abuse matters. Both the District Attorney and the Public Defender have offices located in the main courthouse, the Bucks County Justice Center, located at 100 N. Main Street, Doylestown, PA 18901. The phone number to the Bucks County District Attorney's Office is 215-348-6344. The phone number to the Bucks County Public Defender's Office is 215-348-6473.
Lower Bucks Domestic Relations Office
A satellite Domestic Relations Office is located at 1250 New Rodgers Road, Bristol, PA 19007, for the convenience of Family Law parties who live in southern Bucks County. No conferences are held at this office. The office handles all interstate initiating cases, including for TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families - formerly AFDC) and non-TANF cases, and provides general information including forms for the filing of new support cases or modifications. The phone number to the satellite office is 215-781-2590 and the fax number is 215-781-2594.
Bucks County Family Law Attorney | Doylestown Family Law Attorney
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