The following links are a useful starting point for people involved in divorce or other family litigation in New York:
New York State Unified Court System – this site contains an enormous amount of information about state courts and procedure.
NOTE: In the State of New York, family issues are generally litigated in the Supreme Court or the Family Court of a particular county. The Supreme Court (which is not the highest court of the state as it is in other states) has much broader jurisdiction and authority than the Family Court (the Family Court cannot grant a divorce – it can only deal with a limited set of family issues).
New York State Unified Court System – Divorce Resources – this site contains general information about divorce in the State of New York.
Laws of New York – this site contains all New York State statutes, including the Domestic Relations Law (the broadest statute applicable to family issues), the Civil Practice Law & Rules (which governs procedural issues), and the Family Court Act (which only governs proceedings in Family Court).*
* The Family Court Act is near the bottom of the page, in the “Court Acts” section, rather than the “Consolidated Laws” section at the top of the page.
Divorce Litigation Overview from New York County Civil Court Website – this site provides a brief overview about how uncontested and contested cases are handled in Manhattan.
New York State Forms for Divorce Cases – this is a compilation of various forms that can be used in divorce litigation across New York State (since the Family Court cannot grant divorces, these forms are for use in Supreme Court litigation).
New York City Family Courts – has links to the specific Family Courts of each borough of New York City.
New York State Family Court Forms – this is a compilation of various forms that can be used in Family Court litigation across New York State.
Uniform Rules for New York State Trial Courts – PART 202. Uniform Civil Rules for the Supreme Court and the County Court – these are state-wide rules that govern civil litigation – of particular significance to family litigation is Section 202.16, which is entitled “Matrimonial actions”.
Uniform Rules for New York State Trial Courts – PART 205. Uniform Civil Rules for the Family Court – these are state-wide rules that govern Family Court litigation.
Judicial Directory – this can be used to find information about the background of individual judges.
Mental Health Professional Resource Directory – this has listings of psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers in the greater New York City area and Long Island.
New York County Supreme Court, Civil Branch – County Clerk’s Litigation Functions – this describes what the County Clerk handles (including money judgments, notices of appeal, entry of judgments and orders, etc.).
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