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Which Courts Handle Family Legal Problems?

In New York State, many types of courts handle family legal problems.

The type of court you use depends on the type of problem.

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Problem Court That Handles It
Divorce
Legal Separation
Annulment
Your county's
SUPREME COURT
Domestic Violence
(Orders of Protection)
You are allowed to apply for an order of protection in Family Court and one of the other courts at the same time.

A SUPREME COURT can give you an order of protection during your divorce or legal separation case.
Your choice of:
Your county's FAMILY COURT

Your local
CITY COURT
TOWN COURT
VILLAGE COURT
DISTRICT COURT (L.I.)

NEW YORK CITY CRIMINAL COURT
Paternity
Child Neglect and Abuse
Juvenile Delinquency
Termination of Parental Rights
Review of Foster Care Placement
Your county's FAMILY COURT
Child Guardianship
Adoption
Your choice of:
Your county's FAMILY COURT
or
Your county's SURROGATE'S COURT
The following types of problems have special rules that are shown on the chart below:

Child Custody
Child Visitation
Child Support
Spousal Support
Is There A Divorce
or
Legal Separation Case?

No (not married)

No (married)

Yes (married)
Court That Handles These Problems:


FAMILY COURT

FAMILY COURT

SUPREME COURT that is handling the divorce or legal separation case.
If you are already divorced and want to have a change made to your divorce decree, you can choose either:
SUPREME COURT OR FAMILY COURT





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