The family court system in New York State exists to resolve matters for parents, children, and entire families across the state. Family Court is part of the Unified Court System of New York State, just as municipal court and criminal court are. That being said, Family Court is a little different than these other types of court. Unlike other courts in the Unified Court System, Family Court cases are not heard by a jury and the records are closed to the public in an effort to allow the family some privacy.

There are several different types of cases that are heard in Family Court. Some of these cases include the following:

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

It is important to note that contrary to popular belief, final judgments of divorce do not occur in Family Court. Only the Supreme Court of the State of New York has the authority to hear divorce cases and grant final judgments of divorce.

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