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Family Law Lawyer – Long Island, NY

Family Law Lawyer Long IslandWhen you need a Long Island Family Law lawyer who will look after your needs as if they were his or her own, look no farther than the experienced and compassionate family law firm of Robert E. Hornberger, Esq., PC.

We have a great deal of experience representing and helping people just like you through the many often complex areas of family law in Nassau County and Suffolk County Family Court. Our compassionate and understanding team of family law attorneys recognizes the emotional nature of Family Court matters and are ready to help to take some of the burden off you as we resolve your case for you with the least amount of stress, strain and expense on you and your family.

The Family Courts on Long Island, NY have extensive jurisdiction over all domestic matters. The Family Law Courts in Nassau County and Suffolk County have the authority to make legal decisions on cases involving Abuse and Neglect (Child Protective Proceedings), Adoption, Child Custody and Visitation, Domestic Violence, Foster Care, Guardianship, Juvenile Delinquency, Paternity, Persons in Need of Supervision (PINS) and Child Support and Spousal Support.


Family Law Lawyer Helps Families Throughout Long Island, NY

The Family Law lawyers at Robert E. Hornberger, P.C., Attorneys and Counselors at Law have successfully represented all types Family Court matters throughout the State of New York including Suffolk, Nassau, Queens, Kings, New York and Bronx Counties. Your case assignment is dependent upon the geographical location of the parties. For example, if all parties to a case reside in Nassau County, your cases will be heard in Nassau County Family Court. The same holds true for Suffolk County, Queens County, Kings County, etc.

Established in 1962, New York State created the Family Court system as a successor court to the preexisting Children’s Court.  Proceedings are initiated by filing a petition, which are available upon request from the General County Clerk’s Office or from the appropriate county’s Family Court website.


Family Law Lawyer Practice Areas on Long Island, NY:


Abuse and Neglect

family law lawyer long island abuse neglaectAbuse and Neglect are serious issues in the United States today. This type of violence, whether physical or emotional, affects people in every stage of life, from infants to the elderly. Tens of thousands of people die each year from these serious crimes and tens of thousands more are left physically and emotionally scarred from the effects of Abuse and Neglect. If you are a victim of Abuse or Neglect, contact a family law lawyer at Robert E. Hornberger, Esq., P.C. immediately to protect yourself and your children.


Child Protective Proceedings

family law lawyer long island Child ProtectIconWhen a child less than eighteen years old has been abused or neglected or is in danger of being abused or neglected, a petition may be filed by a child-protective agency asking the Family Court to assist in protecting the child. The court then holds hearings to decide if the allegations are true and if so, what action the court should take to protect the child. A family law attorney at the law office of Robert E. Hornberger, P.C. can help protect your child.


Child Custody and Visitation

family law lawyer long island child CustodyThere are many types of Child Custody and Visitation schedules accepted in New York State courts. Which one is right for you is a decision only you and your family can decide for yourselves and your children. Contact a family law lawyer today to learn how we can help set up a Custody and Visitation schedule that is in the best interests of your children.



Domestic Violence

family law lawyer long island Domestic ViolenceSimilar to Abuse and Neglect, Domestic Violence, also known as domestic abuse, spousal abuse, battering, family violence, and intimate partner violence (IPV), is a pattern of abusive behaviors by one partner against another in an intimate relationship such as marriage, dating, family, or cohabitation. Domestic violence has many forms, including physical aggression or assault, threats, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, controlling or domineering behavior, intimidation, stalking, passive/covert abuse and economic deprivation. If you or someone you know is a victim of Domestic Violence, our office immediately to help put a stop to this awful pattern of abuse.



family law lawyer long island GuardianshipCaregivers can assume legal guardianship of a child in out-of-home care without termination of parental rights, as is required for an adoption. Legal guardianship is more durable but more complex than transfer of custody to caregivers. Guardianship is most frequently used by relative caregivers who wish to provide a permanent home for the child and maintain relationships with extended family members. If you need legal advice regarding Guardianship of a child, contact a family law lawyer at Robert E. Hornberger, Esq., P.C. at 631-923-1910 today.


Juvenile Delinquency

family law lawyer long island juvenile DelinquencyJuvenile delinquency, also known as youth crime, is participation in illegal behavior by minors. A juvenile delinquent is a person who is typically under the age of 18 and commits an act that otherwise would have been charged as a crime if they were an adult. Depending on the type and severity of the offense, it is possible for persons under 18 to be charged and tried as adults. Contact a family law attorney at Robert E. Hornberger, Esq., P.C. today at 631-923-1910 for more information and representation.



family law lawyer long island PaternityPaternity is the legal acknowledgment of the parental relationship between a man and a child. A child born to the wife during a marriage is the husband’s child under the “presumption of legitimacy”, and the husband is assigned complete rights, duties and obligations to the child. These rights, duties and obligations, however, can be rebutted by evidence to the contrary. In the case of an unwed mother, a man may come forward and accept the paternity of the child, the mother may petition the court for a determination, or paternity can be determined by estoppel over time. For more information about Paternity, contact a family law lawyer at Robert E. Hornberger, Esq., P.C. at 631-923-1910 today.


Child Support

family law lawyer long island PaternityIn family law and public policy, child support (or child maintenance) is an ongoing, periodic payment made by a parent for the financial benefit of a child after their divorce. Most often the non-custodial parent pays child support to the custodial parent. Contact a family law attorney at Robert E. Hornberger, Esq., P.C. at 631-923-1910 today for a free consultation.



Spousal Support

family law lawyer long island Child SupportIn a New York divorce, the court will decide whether either spouse is entitled to spousal maintenance (sometimes referred to as alimony). Today, the courts in New York look at approximately different 20 factors in deciding whether to award spousal maintenance. Read more about Spousal Support here then contact a family law lawyer at Robert E. Hornberger, Esq., P.C. at 631-923-1910 today for a free consultation.


Pre-Nuptial Agreements

family law lawyer long island Prenuptial agreementA prenuptial agreement, commonly abbreviated to “prenup”, is a contract entered into by two people prior to marriage and commonly including provisions for division of property and spousal support in the event of divorce. contact a family law attorney at Robert E. Hornberger, Esq., P.C. at 631-923-1910 today for a free consultation.




Post-Nuptial Agreements

family law lawyer long island Postnuptial agreementA postnuptial agreement is a written contract executed after a couple is married to settle the couple’s affairs and assets in the event of a separation or divorce. It is normally “notarized” or acknowledged, and is usually the subject of statute of frauds. Like a prenuptial agreement, it can vary widely, but commonly includes provisions for division of property and spousal support in the event of divorce, death of one of the spouses, or breakup. Contact a family law lawyer at Robert E. Hornberger, Esq., P.C. at 631-923-1910 today for a free consultation.


Our Family Law Lawyer Record of Success on Long Island

The experienced and compassionate Long Island Family Law attorneys at the law firm of Robert E. Hornberger, P.C. in Melville, successfully represent families like yoursthroughout Nassau County and Suffolk County every day. We’re ready to help you achieve a successful resolution to your case in the least stressful and most expedient manner possible. Contact us at 631-923-1910 for a free consultation if you need a family law attorney on Long Island, NY.


Common Family Court & Domestic Violence Questions

What types of cases that are related to divorce can be heard in Family Court?

The Family Courts in New York involve issues of child abuse and neglect (child protection), adoption, child custody and visitation, support, domestic violence, guardianship, juvenile delinquency, paternity, and persons in need of supervision (PINS).

There is often some confusion over issues of Child and Spousal Support and whether they should be heard in Family Court or Supreme Court (where Divorce cases are heard). If you are divorced and are looking for a new spousal support order, your case should be directed to the Supreme Court. If, however, you are seeking a modification of an existing support order, you can approach the Family Court. If you are currently involved in a divorce case with your spouse that is not yet resolved, your issues of Support should be addressed to the Supreme Court with the other issues of your Divorce. More information on Family Law is available on our Family Law on Long Island NY  page.

What if I am a victim of domestic violence?

Domestic violence is a growing problem on Long Island and around the world. All too often, instances of domestic abuse, spousal abuse, family violence and battering go unreported due to fear, embarrassment, or other complex issues. Domestic abuse can take many forms and does not always include physical abuse. Domestic violence can include psychological and emotional abuse, controlling or domineering behavior, intimidation, stalking, intimidation or even neglect. It doesn’t have to, and shouldn’t, be this way. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse, you need to get help right away. You don’t have to face this alone. We can help you obtain an Order of Protection against your abuser. You need to protect yourself and your family. If you need help or legal guidance please contact our office for a free consultation at (631) 923-1910. Other Domestic Violence resources are available here.