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Oswego County Family Court


General Instructions for Filing of Petitions

 

Family Court Forms

  1. You must fill in all blanks. Type or write clearly in black ink.
  2. Answer each question to the best of your ability. Incomplete petitions may be dismissed by the Court.
  3. You MUST provide a current address for each party, including house number, street, city, state and zip code.
  4. If you are filing a petition, you are the Petitioner on the form and the other party is the Respondent.
  5. 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.
  6. Petitions MUST be signed in the presence of a Notary Public or a Family Court Clerk.
  7. 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.
  8. Paternity Petitions must be submitted with a copy of the Birth Certificate.