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Family Law Attorney & Divorce Lawyer – Suffolk County, NY

Family Law Lawyer in Suffolk County NY

The experienced Family Law Lawyers of Robert E. Hornberger, PC regularly and successfully represent Suffolk County residents in the Family Law Courts of Suffolk County, NY. Our Family Law Attorneys know the law and how to interpret it to accomplish your goals efficiently and effectively, always with your goals foremost in mind.

The Family Courts of Suffolk County do not hear divorce or separation cases; these matters are heard in the Supreme Court. However, you may file a petition with the Family Court to modify or enforce the divorce or separation order of the Supreme Court where it concerns visitation, custody, or child support.

Family Law Lawyer in Suffolk County, NY

The Family Court System in Suffolk County is responsible for all matters of domestic disputes, including:

  • Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Child Protective Proceedings
  • Child Custody
  • Child Visitation
  • Domestic Violence
  • Guardianship
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Paternity
  • Persons in Need of Supervision (PINS)
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support (alimony)

Established in 1962, New York State created the Family Court system as a successor court to the Children’s Court.  You may initiate a proceeding by filing a petition, which is available upon request from the General County Clerk’s Office or from the Suffolk County Family Court website.

Suffolk County Family Court has two main areas of operation:

  • Child Support, Spousal Support and Paternity, which are handled by a support magistrate
  • All Other matters are handled by a judge of the Family Court

Child and spousal support payments are generally addressed through the Child Support Enforcement Bureau (CSEB), a New York State agency.

Integrated Domestic Violence Parts (IDV) cases are handled by the Supreme Court. These may be addressed under the “one judge, one family” concept, which enables family members to roll Family Court, Criminal Court (District Court), and matrimonial issues before a single judge rather than separate integrated issues into different courts and different judges.

Two Family Court locations in Suffolk County, NY

Suffolk County Family Court has two locations: Central Islip and Riverhead. In general, Central Islip is the main Family Court House. Your ultimate case assignment is dependent upon the geographical location of the parties involved in the case. We can represent you as your family law attorney Suffolk County NY

To learn more about what you need to know about Family Law Courts on Long Island and how to get help to protect yourself and your future, visit this page:

The Suffolk County, NY Family Law Attorneys of Robert E. Hornberger, P.C. will be pleased to represent you in you in Suffolk County Family Court in Central Islip or Riverhead, NY. We successfully represent families like yours in all matters of Family Law. Our lawyers are experienced with the Suffolk County Family Law Court System and know the intricacies of the law to ensure you are properly represented and achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

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. To learn more about what you need to know about Family Law Courts on Long Island and how to get help to protect yourself and your future, visit this 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.



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Everett Roberts
Everett Roberts
14:30 18 Mar 20
Going through a divorce was very challenging and emotional. Searching for an attorney can be challenging as well when you consider everything that is at stake. The choice I made to work with Rob Hornberger was surely the best choice available. His professionalism, expertise, and understanding made him and the entire team perfectly suited to achieve the outcomes I desired. Rob was always available to answer my questions and give me advice and legal considerations that affected my situation. The support I received from his staff was exemplary as well. The staff was courteous, kind, and also very professional. Thank you so much Rob and team for a worry free experience.
Annemarie Cusumano
Annemarie Cusumano
21:41 17 Mar 20
Being in family court especially when your children are on the line is extremely emotional and stressful but working with Robert and Christine put me at ease and made the process as pleasant as a situation like that can be. I have a now 3 year old daughter (who is the most important person in my life) and I've been working with them for over two years since my daughter was 7 months old, the case has been up and down and through it all Rob and Christine have never given up. My original case was due to a neglect charge. Cps is not easy to work with, but Rob and Christine were vigilant and I ended up getting my daughter back within 8 months and did not have to plead guilty to the neglect. Currently I am in family court to figure out a custody agreement. They are professional, empathetic, and patient. They have always explained everything thoroughly, informed me of all my options and advised me of what my best option would be. They always respond quickly when I contact them with questions or concerns and most importantly they fight for me in court and don't give up even when things get rough. Before hiring Rob and Christine I met with other attorneys who did not make me feel confident or comfortable at all about my case, so I am very grateful to have found Rob and Christine and to be represented by such great attorneys. I highly recommend them for any family court matters and will definitely continue to use them in the future if needed.
Steven Frierman
Steven Frierman
02:25 07 Mar 20
After meeting with 3 different lawyers, we felt Robert understood us best and he genuinely had our best interests at heart. This helped us resolve a few minor issues in a timely fashion and make a potentially stressful situation go more smoothly.Thank you
Randi Gottlieb
Randi Gottlieb
18:47 03 Mar 20
Hornberger Verbitsky, P.C. - Mr. Robert Hornberger and his staff are beyond professional, they quickly gave me my consultation appointment, and helped me with an after-Divorce issue. Mr. Hornberger was empathetic and explained to me what I should expect. Mr. Hornberger was extremely professional and advised me of my options, he helped me proceed with accurate and smart decisions. I wish I had Mr. Hornberger and his highly recommended staff when I was getting divorced. I would highly recommend Robert and his staff to anyone who is getting a divorce or in need of help with situations after the divorce!
Rob Spielmann
Rob Spielmann
22:15 27 Feb 20
They made our process so easy. They were there to answer and help with any questions that came up. Very friendly


  • I have known Robert for more than 8 eight years. Robert has represented many of my family and friends. Each and every one has raved about Robert’s professionalism and expertise. He is knowledgable, friendly and truly cares about his clients. I would not hesitate to continue to refer Robert and his firm in the future!
  • I’ve known Robert for most of my life, and feel very fortunate that I have been able to turn to a good friend for various kinds of legal advice. He is very intelligent, straight forward, and professional. Most importantly though, Robert always finds the fastest resolution, and will not waste your time or money. He is NOT in the habit of dragging things through litigation if there is no need for the added expense. I have referred a few of my friends to Robert, and they have all been more than satisfied in their experience with him. Highly recommend!!



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