Long Island Family Courts
A Nassau and Suffolk County Attorney’s guide to family court
Family courts take action in the lives of children, parents, and spouses. The Family Court Act allows for a singular court system of judges and support magistrates to take cases related to the family and the authority to uphold the law. Family Court is similar to the other courts in the Unified Court System in many ways, but there are a few differences. A judge or a support magistrate will hear your case. Family Courts do not have juries, so verdict for cases lie solely on the case’s authority figure. Another difference between family and other courts is that the records of family court are not open to the public.
New York Family Court cases explained
Long Island Family Courts handle a variety of cases related to the family. Some routine cases can include:
- Custody and visitation
- Child support
- Spousal maintenance
- Foster care approval and review
Nassau and Suffolk County Family Courts also hear and judge cases that are not so ordinary. These cases can include:
- Child protective proceedings (abused or neglected children)
- Juvenile delinquency
- Domestic violence
- Persons in need of supervision
Though criminal courts often hear cases of domestic violence, New York defines family offenses to include only those related by blood or legal marriage. Family Court does not have jurisdiction over divorces. Divorces must be litigated in Supreme Court.
What to expect in Long Island Family Court
Family Court is similar to other courts. Family Court is generally open to the public. Every case is identified with a docket number. Parties who have been scheduled to appear in court are expected to arrive on time. If a person is not present when a case is called, the judge or support magistrate can decide on the case in their absence, except in cases with active military personnel. When the court passes judgment, parties have the right to appeal. Family Court offers childcare to assist parents and guardians who are required to appear in court.
Nassau County Family Court
Family Court, Nassau County
1200 Old Country Road
Westbury, New York 11590
Suffolk County Family Court
Family Court- Central Islip
400 Carleton Avenue
Central Islip, New York 11722
Family Court- Riverhead
210 Center Drive, 2nd Floor
Riverhead, New York 11901
Call Long Island attorneys with Family Court experience
The Pollack Law Firm, P.C. has years of experience with Nassau and Suffolk County Family Courts. The firm has a focus on family law, which facilitated a familiarity with the local Family Courts, their culture, and processes. A constant presence and interaction with judges, support magistrates, and other staff allows our firm to act efficiently and effectively when dealing with court personnel and helps us focus on our clients. If you are involved in any family law matter and need quality representation, contact our firm for a consultation.