Documents to Bring to Family Court.
Family Court Orders of Protection.
Family Court Process Server Rules.
Family Court Process Service and Proceedings.
Serving Family Court papers in New York must be done according to the rules set out by the New York State Family Court for service of
process. For example, there are certain days when NY process servers must refrain from effecting service and specific days when service of
process is acceptable. Although generally most process service in New York is not allowed during holidays, religious days and Sundays,
there are specific exceptions to this rule. Process service may be effected on Sundays and on holidays if the judge ordered it . Also Orders of
Protection can be served on those days without a judge's order. Observant Jews may be served during their Sabbaths (Friday evening and
Saturdays) only if an order of protection, summons or petition for order of protection have been issued against them.
Summonses for guardianship, child visitation ("V" summons) , child custody, child support ("F" summons)
and spousal support.
Custody petitions must be served in person on the named respondent. Serving a relative of the respondent is considered improper service.
Generally, unless otherwise ordered by a Family Court judge, paternity petitions, guardianship petitions, child visitation petitions and child
custody petitions must be served in person on the named respondent. Serving a relative of the respondent is considered improper service.
For further information regarding rules for Family Offense cases, Custody cases, Visitation cases, Support cases and Paternity cases,
please read the forms and instructions below.
What if I Cannot Attend my Court Hearing?
Bring a letter to the court explaining why you cannot
attend. You must bring your letter before the court
date.If you cannot bring a letter, call the court clerk to
explain your circumstances. If you do not appear in
court your petition may be dismissed (if you are the
petitioner) or the judge may issue an order against
you (if you are the respondent).
At the Hearing...
Speak to the judge briefly but clearly state your case.
Bring evidence and witnesses (if available) to support
Most Family Court cases are not decided on the first
court hearing; therefore you may need to appear in
court on a future date. You case will be complete after
the judge issues an order or decision. Said decision
or order may be temporary. If a final order is issued by
the court you may not be required to show up in court
again but you must obey said order.
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