Unfortunately, we see too many Family Court cases that involve allegations of child neglect on Long Island. Many of our clients have been in the position of being falsely accused of neglecting their children, while other clients believe their children are being neglected by their other parent. Regardless of how you ended up in a Child Neglect Proceeding, it is important to understand certain concepts and definitions that will be used in court. (more…)
When Long Island parents decide to end a relationship, regardless of whether that relationship is a marriage, custody of the child or children often becomes a major, and sometimes heated issue. Child custody is often an emotional issue in the best of circumstances, but when drug or alcohol abuse by one parent is involved or suspected, it becomes all the more complex.
General Rules of Child Custody on Long Island
Mandated Counsel or 18b Attorneys
In certain Family Court proceedings on Long Island, a party may be entitled to an assigned attorney. This “mandated counsel” is typically referred to as an 18b Attorney. These appointed attorneys are a vital part of Family Court and are critical in protecting certain parental fundamental rights. (more…)
How Do I Collect Current or Overdue Child Support?
Long Island parents on are required by law to support their children. Unfortunately, some custodial parents are frustrated by the fact that they have not been able to receive Child Support from the noncustodial parent. In many Long Island Family Court cases, the services of the Child Support Enforcement Bureau (CSEB) then become necessary. However, there are many parents who do not know of the CSEB, or, do not know why they are an important part of many Family Court cases. (more…)
For parents, children displaying disobedient behavior is normal. However, for some parents, that disobedience in their children can reach a level that necessitates State involvement.
What is a Person in Need of Supervision?
In New York a child under the age of 18 can be considered a Person in Need of Supervision (PINS) if they:
In many child custody cases on Long Island, either parent may request, or the court, upon its own initiative, may appoint an Attorney for the Child(ren). This person is commonly referred to as an AFC, or even a law guardian (which is the former name for such an attorney). Many parents are unsure of the role of such an attorney and how this new player may change the game.