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Bucks County Domestic Relations Section

Paternity Establishment

  • A husband is presumed to be the legal father of a child born of a marriage.  Only a judge can disestablish the husband as the child's legal father before a Complaint for Support can be filed against another party.
  • A birth certificate does not constitute paternity in Pennsylvania.  There must be an Acknowledgment of Paternity (AOP) on file.
  • Genetic testing performed in the Domestic Relations office is done by using a buccal swab (swabbing the inside of the cheek).
  • The fee for genetic testing is $19.75 per person tested.  If a person is tested outside of Bucks County, the fee may be higher.  The fee is paid by the defendant if he requests genetic testing and is found to be the biological father.  There is no fee if the defendant is excluded as the biological father.  Results may take up to four (4) weeks.

If you have, or you know someone who has, an active Domestic Relations Bench Warrant, you must call the Domestic Relations Warrant Unit at (215) 348-6843. Click here to view the Domestic Relations Top Ten Warrant List.

Bucks County Domestic Relations
Karen E. Winkler, Director

Phone: 215-340-8068
csbucks@pacses.com (please remember to include your nine-digit PACSES case number in the subject line)

Office Locations:

Doylestown: 100 N. Main Street, Doylestown, PA 18901

Bristol: 1240 Veterans Highway, #806, Bristol, PA 19007

Office Hours: 8:00 am - 4:45 pm, Monday through Friday
**Domestic Relations Section has extended calling hours the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm**

For a printable Domestic Relations Information Brochure, please click here or call 215-340-8068.