Going to family court can be daunting for some, and understandably so. When a matter has to be handled in New York State’s Family Court, it is important that those involved have an understanding of what to expect. Family court is a part of the New York State Unified Court System. Though there are some similarities between this type of court and others also in the Unified Court System, such as municipal or criminal, there are several differences.
The first major difference in family court is that unlike criminal court, there is no jury making the decisions. The judge appointed to the case will be the sole figure of authority and will be responsible for making the decisions. In addition, unlike criminal or municipal court, family court case records are not open to the public.
Some of the various cases that are heard in family court include the following:
- child custody
- child visitation
- spousal maintenance
- foster care approval and review
- paternity cases
- Persons in Need of Supervision (PINS program)
- domestic violence
- juvenile delinquency
- chid protective proceedings
It is important to note that final judgments of divorce are handled in the Supreme Court. If you have questions about matters handled in family court, contact our firm today.
The Pollack Law Firm, P.C. understands that divorce and family law matters can be very complicated and emotional. They require strong legal representation from a compassionate attorney. Robert Pollack is an experienced divorce and family law attorney in Long Island, New York. Contact The Pollack Law Firm, P.C., to set up a free initial consultation.