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A White Plains Attorney’s Guide To Family Court

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The family courts of New York State hear cases and take action in the lives of children, parents, and spouses. The Family Court Act implemented a singular court system to take on cases related to the family. The Act also gave this system the authority to enforce and modify judgments when necessary. There are a few differences and similarities to other courts in the Unified Court System. If you are involved in a court case related to children, families, or spouses, you may find yourselves in the halls of one of many family courts across New York State. In order to protect yourself, you need a law firm with the experience and skill to represent you effectively. Penichet & Alberga LLP is here to help.

Family Court cases

The New York State Family Courts handle a wide variety of cases related to the family. Some obvious cases include:

The Family Court will hear other cases that are not as obvious, including:

  • Child protective proceedings (abused or neglected children)
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Domestic violence
  • Persons in need of supervision

Surprising to some, family courts do not hear divorce cases and you cannot get a divorce in family court.

What to expect in family court

Family court is similar to other courts in the Unified Court System. Family Court is generally open to the public. The court has the discretion to bar the public in cases related to children to protect their identity.  Each case is identified by a docket number. Participants are expected to be in court on time for their case. If they are not, the court has the authority to issue a default judgment while the person is not present, except in cases of military personnel on active duty. When the court passes judgment, the parties may appeal the verdict. In family court, both parties may request motions.

Family court is different in a few ways. Family Court cases do not have a jury. In most cases, a judge will hear cases. In some, a support magistrate will hear cases. Though the court is open to the public, most records of family court are not open to the public.

Westchester Family Court- White Plains

111 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
White Plains, NY 10601
Tel: 914-824-5500

Westchester Family Court- Yonkers

131 Warburton Avenue, 3rd Floor,
Yonkers, New York 10701
Tel: 914-831-6555

Westchester County Family Court- New Rochelle

420 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Tel: 914-831-6590

Contact a Westchester County Attorney with Family Court experience

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