Family Court Attorneys in Queens
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Divorce proceedings are handled by the Supreme Court. Because most divorce cases handle issues like child support, child custody, and spousal support, some separating couples may be confused as to where to turn if they want to settle the same disputes, but they’re not married.
This is where family court comes in. The main difference between family court and Supreme Court is that family court helps to settle issues between parents who aren’t married, or who aren’t litigating issues within the context of a divorce. Family Court doesn’t hear divorce cases – those are handled by Supreme Court.
At Levi Divorce & Family Law Attorneys, our Queens family court attorneys strive to clear up these complicated legal matters and more for all our clients. We understand that this may be a difficult time for you and tensions are high, which is why we demystify the process and handle the details for you.
Family Court Practice Areas
Our lawyers have appeared with clients in family court many times and know how to prepare you so you feel confident in the process.
Family court hears on matters including:
- Child custody and visitation
- Child support
- Spousal support
- Orders of protection
- Abuse and neglect of children
- Juvenile delinquencies
- Termination of parental rights
- Planning for children in foster care
When you want to bring one of the above cases to family court, you first need to file a petition which can be obtained from the Family Court Clerk’s Office. Our lawyers have helped clients file the correct paperwork many times and can help you figure out how to file your petition correctly so your case can move forward.
Trials & Appeals
The family court trial process can consist of one or two steps. One step cases include those involving custody, visitation, paternity, or spousal support, while two step cases are typically abuse and neglect cases or juvenile delinquencies, as step one is a fact-finding hearing, while step two is a dispositional hearing.
If you’re not happy with the court’s final decision, you’re still able to appeal, which means a higher court will review the decision. Our lawyers can provide you with your options you can make an informed decision that is beneficial for you and your family.
Who Is Present in Family Court?
There are many key players involved in family court. Besides you, your partner, your attorneys, and the judge, there may also be a court magistrate present to conduct child and spousal support hearings, a law guardian who is assigned by the judge to represent the interests of the child, a probation officer if requested by the judge, a court officer, court reporter, and caseworker.
If your case involves juvenile delinquencies, the Assistant County Attorney will be present to issue the petition against the juvenile, and if the crimes are particular serious, the Assistant District Attorney can be expected to appear.
Also Handling Issues in Divorces
Divorce cases in Supreme Court cover all the same practice areas that family court does. We can help you establish child custody and visitation, child support, orders of protection, and paternity. Divorce cases also involve discussing asset distribution.
Call us today if you’re ready to handle your family court matters in a civil way with the help of our Queens lawyers at (718) 215-0121.