Every year, the Westchester County family court lawyers at our firm,
Riebling, Proto & Sachs, LLP, handle hundreds of family court cases. As our principal office is located
in White Plains in Westchester County one of the first questions that
our clients often ask our Westchester County family court lawyers is about
the how the family court in Westchester County works and whether they
need a lawyer to represent them. In light of this we have written this
article for the benefit of anyone contemplating using the Westchester
County Family Court.
Westchester County, like every county in New York, has a "family court".
While theoretically the New York State Family Court is one court which
sits in each county, as a practical matter the family court is treated
and generally acts as a separate court in each county in New York. The
Judges in each family court are elected or appointed in each county and
each county maintains a separate court clerk. Court customs and procedure
can vary from county to county although there are unifying factors as
well such as the use of the same filing forms and court rules.
The Westchester County Family Court has 3 different locations within the
county, White Plains, Yonkers and New Rochelle. Sometimes, each location
is referred to as the "White Plains Family Court", the "Yonkers
Family Court" or the "New Rochelle Family Court". However
they are all part of the Westchester County Family Court which in turn
is part of the New York State Family Court. One of the main reasons the
Westchester County Family Court is divided into 3 locations is the fact
that Westchester County has nearly one million residents and is bordered
by New York City. It is a very busy family court.
The Westchester County Family Court has jurisdiction to hear the following
types of matters:
Where to file a petition in the Westchester County Family Court
If you are contemplating filing a petition concerning any of the above
matters it is important to know which location of the Westchester County
Family Court to file in.
Westchester County Family Court (Yonkers): If you reside in Bronxville, Crestwood, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson,
Tuckahoe or Yonkers you will file in the Yonkers location which is 53
South Broadway, 3rd Floor, Yonkers, New York.
Westchester County Family Court (New Rochelle): If you reside in Mount Vernon, New Rochelle or the Pelhams you will file
in the New Rochelle location of the family court which is located at 420
North Broadway, 3rd Floor, New Rochelle, New York.
Westchester County Family Court (White Plains): If you reside in any other town, village, city in Westchester County other
than one listed above then you would file in the White Plains location
of the family court which is located at 111 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Blvd., White Plains, New York.
If you do not reside in Westchester County: Using the above guide, you will file in the location where the "other
The Necessity of hiring an Experienced Westchester County Family Court Lawyer
Typically, the first documents that is filed in the Westchester County
Family Court is a document called a "Petition", i.e. a "custody
petition", "child support petition" or "family offense
petition". Once it is filed with the Westchester County Family Court
it will have to be personally served upon the other party and then you
and the other party will have to appear in the Westchester County Family
Court before a judge or support magistrate (presides over child support
cases). However, it is not a good idea to try and draft your own petition
for filing with the court. There are very specific issues that need to
be addressed in the petition and they need to be very artfully written
by an experienced Westchester County family court lawyer so that your
legal position is properly communicated and presented to the court. The
petition is the very first document the judge reads and will often be
the "first impression" that the court will have of your case.
In such an important case, it is not only necessary but it is vital to
have an experienced and proven Westchester County family court lawyer
to draft your petition.
Proven and Dedicated Westchester County Family Court Lawyers
The Westchester County Family Court lawyers at our firm, with over 50 years
of combined experience, are compassionate, experienced, proven and dedicated
lawyers who have handled countless Westchester County family court matters
for residents within Westchester County and for people across the country.
We are proud of our success as family court lawyers in Westchester County
and surrounding counties. However, we never measure our success by keeping
a tally of our numerous family court victories. Instead we measure our
success as Westchester County family court lawyers by our clients'
satisfaction with our legal representation in its entirety.
As a continuing commitment to our clients our Westchester County Family
Court lawyers offer free initial consultations for all family court matters
in Westchester County and surrounding counties. Please call us at (914)
contact us online.