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Herkimer County Family Court


General Instructions for Filing of Petitions

  • You must fill in all blanks. Type or write clearly in black ink.
  • Answer each question to the best of your ability. Incomplete petitions may be dismissed by the Court.
  • You MUST provide a current address for each party, including house number, street, city, state and zip code.
  • If you are filing a petition, you are the Petitioner on the form and the other party is the Respondent.
  • If modifying or enforcing an Order of Another Court, such as a Divorce Decree, a copy of the divorce and separation agreement MUST be attached to the petition.
  • Petitions MUST be signed in the presence of a Notary Public or a Family Court Clerk.
  • Once your petition is completed and your signature notarized, you can either mail it to Family Court or submit it in person during our stated business hours.
  • Paternity Petitions must be submitted with a copy of the Birth Certificate.