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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.

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