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Schuylkill County Domestic Relations Office
P.O. Box 1192
Pottsville, PA 17901-7192
Phone: (570) 628-1588
Fax: (570) 628-1011
Lynn Bucklar, Director
Melissa Hayes, Deputy Director
Hours of Operation: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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* What is the child support enforcement program?
* How support actions begin.
* What happens after a complaint for support is filed?
* Can a support order be modified?
* Are any fees charged for these services?
* How are payments made under a support order?
* Services available to the custodial parent.
* Are clients under any legal obligations?
* How to I contact Domestic Relations by E-mail?

Top What is the Child Support Enforcement Program?

The child support enforcement program is a joint effort by federal, state and County governments to locate absent parents, establish and enforce support obligations owed by absent parents to their children, assist with the establishment of the non-custodial parent's obligation to provide health insurance coverage, and establish paternity, when necessary.

Top How Support Actions Begin:

The custodian of a child or a dependent spouse may apply for support by appearing at the Domestic Relations Office, Courthouse, 401 North Second Street, Pottsville, PA 17901. Office hours are from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM on Monday through Friday. No appointment is necessary. The Domestic Relations Office will prepare a complaint for support. Staff personnel will interview you in private in order to obtain all the necessary information required to complete the complaint for support. If at all possible, be ready to supply the absent parent's address, telephone number, date of birth, social security number and employer's name and address. In addition, please provide the date(s) of birth and social security number(s) of the child(ren) for whom support is requested.

Top What Happens After a Complaint for Support is Filed?

A conference is scheduled before a Conference Officer at the Domestic Relations Office. If both parties are able to reach an agreement as to an amount of support, the agreement is documented and then confirmed by the Court. Should the parties not reach an agreement on the amount of support, the Conference Officer will recommend to the Court an amount of support, based on statewide guidelines, and a support order will be issued. Either party may file a written Demand for Hearing within ten days of the mailing of the order if they disagree with the support order, and the case will then be assigned to a Hearing Officer who schedules a formal hearing.

Top Can a Support Order be Modified?

A support order can be modified only if there has been a substantial change in circumstance since the support order was entered.

Top Are Any Fees Charged for These Services?

No fee is charged to file a support complaint or to utilize the parent locator service. A service fee may be charged to file a petition to modify the order for support or to file a Demand for Hearing from the Domestic Relations Conference Officer's recommendation or Exceptions to the Hearing Officer's report. The cost of genetic testing in paternity cases is charged to the Defendant. If the alleged father is excluded as the father of the child, the custodial parent would be responsible for the cost of testing. A fee of $25.00 will be deducted from any amount collected for the custodial parent through the IRS intercept program.

Top How are Payments Made Under a Support Order?

An Attachment of Income Order directing the Defendant's employer to deduct the support from his/her pay is issued immediately upon entry of a support order. Defendant is responsible for making payments until the payroll deduction begins. Payments must be made to the Pennsylvania State Collection and Disbursement Unit by check or money order. All checks and money orders must be made payable and mailed to:

PO Box 69110
Harrisburg, PA 17106-9110

Payments must include the defendant's PACSES Member Number or Social Security Number in order to be processed.

Top Services Available to the Custodial Parent:

Automatic income attachment, paternity establishment, locating absent parent, medical and child care enforcement, attachment of benefits, including unemployment compensation, worker's compensation, certain social security and veteran's benefits, collection of delinquent arrearages through the IRS tax refund offset program, liens and judgments and reporting of overdue support to consumer reporting agencies.

Top Are Clients Under Any Legal Obligations?

All parties are required to appear at the Domestic Relations Office, upon proper notice. Both parties are under a continuing legal obligation to report in writing changes in employment, changes in personal or employment addresses or change of address of any child receiving support.

Top How to I contact Domestic Relations by E-mail?



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