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CAN FAMILY COURT HELP ME IF I CANT AFFORD A LAWYER?
August 30, 2018
Family Court is a place to seek immediate relief if you are undergoing a crisis in your family. There is a family Court in every county in New York State. Family Court is user friendly for family members that need help quickly, Some examples where Family Court can help you are in the following areas are filing for an Order of Protection if you are being abused at home, which can result in a stay away order in your favor, seeking custody of your child, seeking visitation of your child or establishing paternity if you suspect you are the father of a child and you are unmarried or else your spouse is disavowing responsibility.
In Family Court the other issues they deal with and they can help you with are Adoption, foster care, guardianship.
You will find that they are a very helpful and user family. You simply enter the court house and ask for the help desk. If you have no money to hire a lawyer then Family Court will assist you in filling out the paperwork. The laws change so it is good to know what are in the forms. You can familiarize yourself with the flattest forms by visiting the nygov web site at https://www.nycourts.gov/courts/nyc/family/. They list the approved forms you will need in order to petition for assistance.
When you file for relief in Family court there are rules of procedure you must file or your case will not be docketed properly and you may never get to see the Judge or Support Magistrate.
First, be sure you prepare your form and notarize it at the bottom. Make sure you set forth the assistance you need and the relief sought in the body of the petition. Be sure you make a few copies and then have the court clerk review them. You can find the court clerk’s office by asking the court officer as you enter the building. You next must serve the Respondent with the papers you filed with the court clerk. This will be standard procedure as you go through the various stages of your case. The last part is very important. After you have personally served your paperwork on the Respondent you must then have the process server fill out an Affidavit of Service that you must file with the court by bringing it with you to the next court date as that will be the first thing the court will ask of you. I find the Judges to be very civil and even helpful so do not hesitate to go to court alone if you have to. But it is recommended that you take an experienced New York Divorce or Custody lawyer with you to court.