CUSTODY AND VISITATION.
Family Court hears a variety of cases. If you are a parent of a minor child, Family Court is the place to get orders of custody and visitation. You should have a lawyer explain the different types of custody orders which can be issued. What is the difference between legal custody and residential custody? What is joint custody? If you are seeking visitation, what kind of schedule do you want? These are issues which we can help you with. If you are a grandparent, you may also ask the Court for visitation – consult us to find out.
ORDERS OF PROTECTION.
Family Court can also be the Court to turn to if you are seeking an order of protection against a family member or a person who you’ve had a close relationship with, even if you have already received an order of protection from Criminal Court. The Court can issue different types of orders of protection, depending on your circumstances.
DEFENDING AGAINST AN ORDER OF PROTECTION.
You should have a lawyer with you in court if you have been served with papers seeking an order of protection against you. In fact, by the time you receive the papers, there may already have been a temporary order of protection issued. You should consult with an attorney as soon as possible, so you know what your rights and obligations are under the court order.
If you are summoned to court for a neglect or abuse proceeding, you should consult with a lawyer to advise you about the process and your rights. In some neglect and abuse cases, children are removed from their homes and placed with a relative or in foster care. Even if you are being prosecuted in Criminal Court for the same charges, you can still have a neglect or abuse case filed against you in Family Court. The burden of proofs are different, and they are separate proceedings handled very differently.
Orders of paternity can also be issued in Family Court. We represent parties both seeking orders of paternity and arguing against them. Know when scientific testing should be ordered by the court. Paternity orders can give the father the obligation to pay support for the child and the right of visitation and the ability to ask for custody.