Family Court

Suffolk County Family Court Attorney

A Bohemia attorney’s guide to family court

New York’s family court system hears cases about families, children, and spouses. The Family Court Act established a singular court system to handle these matters and issues the authority to decide on cases, enforce orders, and modify judgments. It is part of the Unified Court System of New York State. There are a few differences in how the court functions compared to other courts, like criminal and municipal courts. If you were to find yourself in the halls of your local family court, it would be best to know the road ahead. If you have a case that will be heard by a family court judge, retain the services of an effective attorney. Contact Peter V. Mandi & Associates, Inc. for a consultation.

Family court in New York

New York’s family court hears a range of family law matters. One of the most surprising facts about family court is that they do not decide on divorce cases or pass Final Judgments for Divorce. That authority is saved for the Supreme Court of New York. Family court judges hear cases about:

  • Child visitation
  • Child support
  • Child custody
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Foster care approval and review
  • Paternity disputes
  • Adoption
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Domestic violence
  • Child protective proceedings (abused or neglected children)
  • Persons in need of supervision

What to expect from a case?

There are many similarities between cases in family court and those in other courts of the Unified Court System, including:

  • Cases are identified by docket number
  • Participants are to be on time and present or face consequences, including default judgments
  • Parties may appeal decisions
  • Parties may request motions
  • Court cases are on public record

There are also some notable differences with how other courts operate, including that there is no jury and a judge will decide on the case. Though the court may be open to the public, the records are not. Some courts will even have child care available to support parents that need to be in court.

Suffolk County Family Court Information

Central Islip Family Court
400 Carleton Avenue
Central Islip, NY 11722
Phone: (631) 853-4289

Riverhead Family Court

Arthur M. Cromarty Court Complex
210 Center Drive, 2nd Floor
Riverhead, NY 11901
Phone: (631) 852-3905

Nassau County Family Court Information

Nassau County Family Court
1200 Old Country Road
Westbury, New York 11590

Contact Peter V. Mandi & Associates, Inc.

If you are faced with a family law court case, our firm is ready to assist. For nearly a decade, Peter V. Mandi & Associates, Inc. has successfully represented clients across Long Island. Having a focus on divorce and family law allow us to provide the quality legal services and attentive response clients need through tough times. For more information about our firm or to discuss a legal matter, contact Peter V. Mandi & Associates, Inc. for a consultation.