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Long Island Family Law Lawyer Offers Child Protective Help in Nassau County, Suffolk County

Long Island Family Law Lawyer Offers Child Protective Help in Nassau County, Suffolk County

Child Protective Proceedings in New York

As a Long Island Family Law Lawyer practicing in Nassau County and Suffolk County, it saddens me to think of all the cases I’ve seen where a child is in need of protection from their parent.

In cases where it appears that a child under 18 years of age has been abused or neglected or is in danger of being abused or neglected, a child protective proceeding may be commenced by a child protective agency. Abuse is defined as any behavior that results or is very likely to result in serious physical injury to the child, or any sexual offense. Neglect is a failure of the parent to adequately meet the child’s educational, medical, nutritional, or other basic needs.

CPS Petitions Nassau County or Suffolk County Family Court for Child
In Nassau County and Suffolk County, this child protective agency is known as Child Protective Services (CPS). CPS can petition the Nassau County or Suffolk County Family Court, and the parent or caretaker that is suspected of abuse or neglect will be the respondent.

Fact Finding and Dispositional Hearings
The proceedings are initiated to determine whether the child is or may be in danger of abuse or neglect, and what action if any needs to be taken by the court to ensure the child’s safety. In certain emergency situations in which there is an immediate risk to the health and safety of a child, CPS can remove the child from the home without a court order. If the child is removed, the parent is entitled to a prompt hearing to determine the truth of the allegations, and whether a less severe action is appropriate. A court will hold a “fact-finding hearing” to determine whether abuse or neglect has been proven. A “dispositional hearing” will occur if abuse or neglect has been proven in order to determine the disposition of the child; in other words, the court will determine what services are needed for the family, and whether the child can remain at home with the respondent while those services are offered.

The Roles of CPS, Family Law Lawyers, Law Guardians, Nassau County or Suffolk County Family Court in Child Protection Proceedings
CPS will conduct an investigation in order to compile a report for the court’s review. CPS is a government agency that represent the interests of the state – namely, the prevention of child abuse and neglect. While there is a strong public policy against child abuse and neglect, parents also have rights and parents are encouraged to hire a family law lawyer with experience in Child Protection in order to protect these rights. Minor children may also have legal representation by a law guardian, who can protect the child’s legal rights in court. All of these interested parties will appear before a family court in Nassau County or Suffolk County child protective proceeding. The court will consider the interests of all parties within the context of the law to determine the best possible outcome given then circumstances.

Possible Outcomes in Nassau County or Suffolk County Family Court
Depending upon the circumstances of each case, possible outcomes include (1) returning the child to the parents or guardians on conditions specified by the court, such as continued monitoring by CPS or completion of mental health or parenting programs, (2) placing the child in foster care while services such as parenting classes or mental health treatment are provided to the parent, (3) releasing the child to a fit and willing relative who will care for the child, known as kinship care. In some kinship care cases, the child will be able to remain in the home with a parent or guardian who is not a respondent, but the respondent parent will be instructed to leave the home for the duration of the proceeding. The court will continue to monitor the progress of the family with periodic updates and hearings.

Foster Care and Kinship Care on Long Island
Foster care and kinship care are temporary solutions to an acute family issue. Ideally, parents and children will be rehabilitated so that any abusive or neglectful behavior ceases and so that children can return home to a healthier family environment. Parents who face intervention by a child protective agency may feel vulnerable, as their rights to parent their children free of state intervention will be threatened. However, it is only in cases of abuse or neglect that the state may intervene against the wishes of the legal parent or guardian of a child. It is important that any parent involved in such a proceeding take it seriously and understand their legal rights.

Contact Long Island Family Law Lawyer to Protect Your Rights in Cases of Child Protection in Nassau County and Suffolk County

Because of the sensitive nature of such a proceeding, it is important that parents seek the counsel of a Long Island family law lawyer experienced with representing parents in such proceedings in Nassau County or Suffolk County Courtrooms. The Law Office of Hornberger Verbitsky, P.C., is experienced with child protective proceedings and knows the rights of the parents involved. If you are involved in a child protective proceeding, contact us at 631-923-1910 right away for a free consultation.

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Long Island Family Law Attorney Offers Domestic Violence Help in Nassau County, Suffolk County

Long Island Family Law Attorney Offers Domestic Violence Help in Nassau County, Suffolk County

Domestic Violence and Orders of Protection on Long Island, New York

As a family law attorney serving Suffolk County and Nassau County residents of Long Island, I am saddened to see a number of domestic violence cases each year.

For a person experiencing family violence, including threats or other abusive behavior, an Order of Protection is a helpful tool that can help to limit the behavior of the offender.

In Suffolk County or Nassau County Family Court, these orders are often between a current and former spouse, a person with whom the victim has a child in common, another family member related by either blood or marriage, or a person with whom the victim has had an intimate relationship. Many Orders of Protection in New York are “limited” in that they allow contact between the offender (also known as the respondent) and victim (also known as the petitioner) so long as there is no harassment, physically abusive behavior, or other intimidating or threatening conduct.

Orders of Protection Vary in Nassau County and Suffolk County Family Courts
Orders of Protection can vary greatly depending on the circumstances of each case and the reason the order is needed. Orders of Protection can instruct an offender to “stay-away” from the victim and the victim’s children and/or to “refrain from” certain abusive behaviors or activities. In certain circumstances, an Order of Protection may direct the offender to move out of the home in order to protect the victim. An order will likely direct the offender to refrain from threats, intimidation, or physical abuse. The Order of Protection can also instruct the offender to follow custody orders, pay child support, to not have a gun, or to stop calling or texting the victim.

In Suffolk County & Nassau County, Orders of Protection Issued by Family Court, Criminal Court & Supreme Court
Orders of Protection may be issued by the Family Court, Criminal Court, or Supreme Court. The existence of any other legal proceeding involving the parties may determine which court issues the Order. For example, for couples involved in a divorce, an Order of Protection may be issued in Supreme Court where the matrimonial proceeding is pending. For parties involved in a domestic violence or other criminal charge in Criminal Court, the Criminal Court may issue the order. And, finally, a family member may petition the Family Court for an Order of Protection.

Family Offense Petition
In Family Court, the victim may wish to file what is called a “Family Offense Petition.” The petition should contain all of the relevant information, including the conduct and behavior that caused them to believe the protective order is necessary. Once the petition is filed, a temporary order of protection may be issued until the other party has a chance to appear in court. Once the court determines that, based on the petition, an Order of Protection may be necessary, both parties will be asked to appear in court. The judge will decide which terms and conditions are to be included in the order based upon the nature of the offense and conduct in the petition.

Orders of Protection Can Be Useful Deterrents for Abusive Behavior on Long Island
An Order of Protection is often a useful deterrent for abusive behavior. It is a crime to violate an Order of Protection. The Order acts as probable cause for an arrest if police are called to a scene of a domestic dispute. This means that the police will not have to use judgment in determining whether to arrest the offender at the scene; the order of protection will allow the police to arrest if it appears that the Order of Protection is being violated. Any violation of an Order of Protection can result in new criminal charges. It is important for offenders to know that even if the victim/petitioner initiates the contact, it does not excuse the violation of the Order of Protection.

Contact Long Island Family Law Lawyer for Information on Domestic Violence and Orders of Protection in Nassau County and Suffolk County

If you believe that you may need an Order of Protection, or if an Order of Protection has been issued against you, it is important that you speak with an experienced attorney to know your rights and options. The Law Office of Hornberger Verbitsky, P.C. can assist you with your Family Law and Divorce Law matters in Nassau County and Suffolk County. Contact our office at 631-923-1910 or fill out the short form on this page to schedule your free consultation.
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Divorce Lawyer on Long Island Asks If You Need an Order of Protection if You’re Afraid of Your Spouse

Divorce Lawyer on Long Island Asks If You Need an Order of Protection if You’re Afraid of Your Spouse

Do You Need an Order of Protection on Long Island?

As a Divorce Lawyer on Long Island, I’ve seen that some Nassau County and Suffolk County Divorces proceed quickly and smoothly; the parties agree on everything, their divorce attorney drafts the necessary paperwork, the parties execute all documents and the paperwork is submitted to the Court in Nassau County or Suffolk County. This is the desire of the majority of clients who walk into my office, and I am more than pleased when their matter proceeds as described.

However, a number of my Long Island divorce clients cases precede nothing like the above, and at times, spouses may be afraid of one another. If you find yourself in a situation where you are in fear for the safety of yourself or your children as a result of your spouse’s actions, the following are the most common routes to ensure you and your children are protected.

1. Call the local police department. If you find yourself in the midst of an argument with your spouse and you begin to fear for either your physical or mental well-being, dial 911 and call the police immediately. Upon the police’s arrival, they will take what is called a Domestic Incident Report. You will be the complainant, and the police will ask you for a description of the event, or events, that took place. While you may hope your spouse gets arrested on that spot, his or her arrest will depend upon the severity of the incident. But do not lie about what occurred in the hopes you will get your spouse thrown in jail. Be truthful and honest, as you may be required to annex a domestic incident report as an exhibit in a later court filing.

2. File for an Order of Protection in Nassau County or Suffolk County Family Court. If your spouse’s troublesome behavior is routine and consistent you may file for an Order of Protection in the Family Court of the county in which you reside. There are two types of orders of protection: a Stay Away and a Refrain From.

a. A Stay Away order of protection directs the subject of the order to “stay away from” the petitioner’s residence, place of employment and the petitioner themselves. If you are granted a “stay away” order of protection against your spouse, he or she will be required to vacate the marital residence.

b. A Refrain From order of protection directs the subject to “refrain from” engaging in the behaviors which brought the matter in front of the Family Court in the first place. If you are granted a “refrain from”, your spouse is not required to vacate the marital residence, however, if they violate the order, you can call the police who will likely arrest your spouse for said violation.

3. File in the Supreme Court for Exclusive Use and Occupancy of the Marital Residence. At times, I will direct clients to file for an order of protection in Nassau County or Suffolk County Family Court and they will either be denied said order or receive a refrain from. On occasion, clients are satisfied with the refrain from order, however, some are still in fear of their spouse’s behavior and want to know what other remedies are available to them.

My next step in these instances is to file an Order to Show Cause for Exclusive Use and Occupancy of the Marital Residence in the Supreme Court. This is a motion which, if granted by the judge, provides the relief requested immediately. This will also ensure that your spouse can no longer enter the marital residence. Generally, parties are not required to appear on the initial date of filing of an Order to Show Cause; however, the Judge may require a party’s appearance in extreme cases. If you previously filed domestic incident reports or orders of protection against your spouse, these will most likely be annexed to the motion as an exhibit.

If you are going through a Nassau County or Suffolk County Divorce and are afraid of your spouse make sure you speak to your Long Island Divorce Attorney about the remedies available to you. Divorce cases are not one size fits all, and therefore what was appropriate in your friend or family member’s matter may not be appropriate for your case.

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Obtaining an Order of Protection During a Divorce in Nassau, Suffolk County, Long Island, NY

Restraining ORder of Protection Nassau Suffolk Long Island NYWhile it is likely that all divorces occurring on Long Island cause some emotional distress, some are extremely turbulent and cause more emotional harm on one or both spouses and their children than you might anticipate. If you find yourself in such a situation and fear for the physical or emotional health and safety of either you or your children, you may consider obtaining a temporary Restraining Order or an Order of Protection against your partner through the Nassau County or Suffolk County Court System.

What is an Order of Protection?

When people think of an Order of Protection most minds tend to jump to domestic violence cases. While these certainly occur, you do not have to have a pending domestic violence suit to obtain an Order of Protection in Nassau or Suffolk County, NY. An Order of Protection protects you and your family, and most importantly your children, from the harassing or threatening behavior of your partner. The individual against whom you have obtained the order can be prohibited from entering your home, workplace, and even the school your children attend. Orders of Protection can be particularly helpful in divorce cases, an Order of Protection can order your spouse to pay child support or even move out of the family home if you are both still residing together.

Are There Different Types of Orders of Protection?

Orders of protection do not come in cookie cutter form; they are individually tailored to meet the specific needs of your situation. Important to one seeking an Order of Protection are the outside circumstances that led one to do so. If there are instances of domestic violence in your relationship, you will need to file for the Order of Protection in the Nassau or Suffolk County Family Court. Keep in mind that in order to obtain an Order of Protection in family court, the individual against whom you are seeking the order must be either your spouse (current or former) or the other parent of your child.

Hopefully, you are not in a situation that involves domestic violence, and if that is the case, you will then need to obtain your Order of Protection through the Nassau or Suffolk County Supreme Court. In this case, your divorce attorney should attempt to obtain the Order of Protection while the divorce proceeding is ongoing by either making a motion to the court or orally requesting the order during a court proceeding.

Is an Order of Protection Right for Me?

Whether or not you need to obtain an Order of Protection against your spouse is a purely personal decision made based upon the facts of your unique situation. If there is domestic violence involved, obtaining an Order of Protection may be the first step to ensuring the physical safety of both you and your children. If you are not involved in a domestic violence situation, and you desire the Order of Protection to force your ex-spouse to comply with the divorce judgment, the decision may not be such an obvious one. You should consider why your ex-spouse is not complying with the divorce judgment; maybe he or she lost a job or has been having recent health problems.

How Will the Order of Protection Affect Your Children?

Also consider the effect that obtaining an Order of Protection against your ex-spouse will have on your children. If your ex-spouse already is not complying with the terms of the divorce judgment and failing to follow a child custody or child support arrangement, it is likely that your child is already aware of this and feels poorly. It would be important to consider how an Order of Protection would make your child feel; either good that his or her parent is now spending time with them or poorly because they know it is forced. Every child and every situation is different; there is no correct answer.

What if the Order of Protection is Violated?

If the individual disobeys the order and you call the police, there is the potential that he or she will end up in jail. While some classify an Order of Protection as “only a piece of paper” the threat of jail time for violating the Order often deters many individuals from doing so. However, jail is not always the solution a court finds appropriate to violations of an Order of Protection. Depending upon the circumstances and how often the Order of Protection has been violated, a court may determine that jail is not appropriate, but rather, will alter the existing Order of Protection to make it more effective.

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Have Questions About Orders of Protection in Nassau or Suffolk County?

If you have questions or need assistance with obtaining an Order of Protection against your spouse in Nassau County or Suffolk County, we can help. Give us a call at 631-923-1910 or fill out the short form on this page for a free, confidential, consultation in the safety and security of our offices.

Obtaining an Order of Protection in Long Island Family Court

Long Island Family Court Order of ProtectionAs a Long Island Family Law Attorney, Divorce Lawyer and Divorce Mediator, I am regularly asked by prospective clients, “How do I go about obtaining an Order of Protection?”. Nassau and Suffolk County Family Law Courts have very specific, yet comprehensive requirements for obtaining an Order of Protection.

To obtain an order of protection in a Long Island Family Court, a respondent must commit one of the following family offenses:

  • Disorderly Conduct – Penal Law §240.20
  • Harassment in the First Degree – Penal Law §240.25
  • Harassment in the Second Degree – Penal Law §240.26
  • Aggravated Harassment in the Second Degree – Penal Law § 240.30
  • Sexual Misconduct – Penal Law § 130.20
  • Forcible Touching – Penal Law § 130.52
  • Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree – Penal Law § 130.55
  • Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree – Penal Law § 130.60(1)
  • Stalking in the First Degree – Penal Law § 120.60
  • Stalking in the Second Degree – Penal Law  § 120.55
  • Stalking in the Third Degree – Penal Law  § 120.50
  • Stalking in the Fourth Degree – Penal Law  § 120.45
  • Criminal Mischief – Penal Law §145.00
  • Menacing in the Second Degree – Penal Law § 120.14
  • Menacing in the Third Degree – Penal Law §120.15
  • Reckless Endangerment – Penal Law §120.20, §120.25
  • Assault in the Second Degree – Penal Law §120.05
  • Assault in the third Degree – Penal Law § 120.00 or an Attempted Assault
  • Strangulation in the Second Degree – Penal Law § 121.12
  • Strangulation in the First Degree – Penal Law § 121.13
  • Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Blood Circulation – Penal Law §121.11
  • Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Blood Circulation or Strangulation between:
    • Spouses or
    • Former Spouses or
    • Between Parent and Child or
    • between members of the Same Family or
    • Household (except that if the respondent would not be criminally responsible by reason of age pursuant to § 30.00 of the Penal Law, then the family court shall have exclusive jurisdiction over such proceeding.

How to Originate the Order of Protection Proceeding

An Order of Protection proceeding is originated by the filing of a petition containing allegations that respondent committed one of the above family offenses and setting forth the relationship of the alleged offender to the petitioner and the name of each child in the family or household and the relationship of the child, if any, to the petitioner and to the respondent.

Who can Originate a Family Offense Proceeding in Family Court?

(A) Any person in the relation to the respondent of spouse, or former spouse, parent, child or member of the same family or household

(B) A duly authorized agency, association, society or institution

(C) A peace office, acting pursuant to his special duties or a police officer

(D) A person on the court’s own motion

For purposes of a Family Offense Proceeding, “members of the same family or household” shall mean the following:

(a) Persons related by consanguinity (blood relation) or affinity

(b) Persons legally married to one another

(c) Persons formerly married to one another regardless of whether they still reside in the same household

(d) Persons who have a child in common regardless of whether such persons have been married or have lived together at any time

(e) Persons who are not related by consanguinity or affinity and who are or have been in an intimate relationship regardless of whether such persons have lived together at any time

First, Obtain a Temporary Order of Protection

Upon the filing of a petition, a Long Island Family Court, for good cause shown, may issue a Temporary Order of Protection. The court may direct that the respondent refrain from certain actions, or stay away from the petitioner and/or the petitioner’s child(ren). The court may direct no communication between the parties. The court may also direct that the respondent turn over their firearms to the police until the proceeding is resolved. The court may also make other directions to the respondent, as it feels are necessary.

Fact-Finding Hearing Determines Validity of Petition

The petitioner must establish the allegations of the petition by a fair preponderance of the evidence. The potential outcomes of the hearing are:

1. Dismissing the petition.

2. Suspending judgment for not more than 10 months

3. Placing respondent on probation for not more than a year (FCA § 841 )

4. Making an Order of Protection

5. Direction restitution in an amount not to exceed $10,000.00

If Granted, an Order of Protection May Include:

A. Reasonable conditions of behavior for not more than two years

B. Stay away from individuals and places

C. Refrain from behaviors

D. Pay counsel fees and disbursements

E. Require counseling

F. Provide for medical expenses incurred as a result of the incidents established

G. Surrender of Firearms and Licenses.

Order of Protection Violations

If the court finds by competent proof that respondent willfully failed to obey an Order of Protection, the court may modify an existing order to add conditions, make a new Order of Protection, may order respondent to pay petitioner’s counsel fees and may commit respondent to jail for a term not to exceed six months.

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The Law Offices of Robert E. Hornberger, Esq. regularly helps Long Islanders obtain Orders of Protection in Nassau County and Suffolk County Family Law Courts. For a free consultation, call us at 631-923-1910 or fill out the short form at the top of this page.

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