How to file for child support and spousal support in Bucks County
Filing the papersYou can file for child support and spousal support or either alone by obtaining the pre-printed forms in Doylestown in the Domestic Relations Bldg located at 30 E. Court Street. You will need basic information such as employer address, dates of birth, social security cards. There is no fee to file these documents with the court. They are easy to fill-out questions.
Serve your papersThe court will generally serve the papers to the other side, however, it is your job to make sure the other side is made aware of the filing. You can send it certified mail, have them sign an acceptance of service, or send someone over 18 who is unrelated to hand serve it but they must identify the person and then sign a form that they served it. You need to prove to the court the other side had notice should they fail to appear.
Attend your conferenceYou will get a date to appear for a support conference which will be about six to eight weeks from the date you filed. You will need all your income information, tax return, costs of daycare, health insurance and mortgage cost when you go to the conference. The court will calculate your support and enter an interim order if you don't agree and schedule it for a hearing. If you agree, a final order will be entered and you will be done until there is some change such as in income that would necessitate you to come back to court. Wages are attached provided the payor is employed and receives a W-2. The court keeps track of your payments and will enforce orders that are unpaid.