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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New York on
Q: If a judge has 60 days to make a decision; what happens after that if the time has run out? Do i still get a trial?

Brief procedural background:i am the moving party; i filed a petition to modify custody and OSC 11/3/23. A series of conferences were scheduled monthly on the calendar; including TWO trial dates for May.opposing counsel served me in court during January hearing: “notice of motion”,“attorney... View More

Howard E. Knispel
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answered on Apr 1, 2024

The 60 day period for a decision is not set in stone. If the motion to dismiss is granted then your trial will not proceed as the case os dismissed. If it is not granted then the case will go to trial. Dates for trial are assigned so the court can clear it's calendar for those days, if the... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New York on
Q: If a judge has 60 days to make a decision; what happens after that if the time has run out? Do i still get a trial?

Brief procedural background:i am the moving party; i filed a petition to modify custody and OSC 11/3/23. A series of conferences were scheduled monthly on the calendar; including TWO trial dates for May.opposing counsel served me in court during January hearing: “notice of motion”,“attorney... View More

David H. Relkin
David H. Relkin
answered on Apr 3, 2024

First, a motion to dismiss scuttles the trial dates until it is decided. After the Court issues a Decision on the motion, there should be a Trial Conference to schedule new dates and procedures for pre-trial disclosure.

And, while the CPLR (not even the Uniform Trial Rules promulgated by...
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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New York on
Q: If a judge has 60 days to make a decision; what happens after that if the time has run out? Do i still get a trial?

Brief procedural background:i am the moving party; i filed a petition to modify custody and OSC 11/3/23. A series of conferences were scheduled monthly on the calendar; including TWO trial dates for May.opposing counsel served me in court during January hearing: “notice of motion”,“attorney... View More

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answered on Apr 3, 2024

This is precisely the kind of question we here on Justin are specifically prohibited from answering. We are not the asker's attorney and as such we do not know any of the operative facts of this asker's case. We are therefore prohibited from offering tips and tricks as to how to proceed,... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for New York on
Q: How long can a parent go without seeing or asking about their children? before its considered abandonment?
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answered on Apr 1, 2024

The modern fad in family courts in most states including New York (as routinely upheld by the appellate divisions) is to reunify long lost parents with their children no matter the operative facts. There is no such thing as abandonment unless and until the child becomes an adult. A parent cannot... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Child Custody, Civil Rights and Family Law for New York on
Q: What is the likelihood of appellate court obtaining jurisdiction in a custody case if judicial misconduct is proven?

I have filed an appeal on an order of dismissal on FO petition that was erroneously dismissed. the courts denied the review of any evidence supporting my petition; denied the review of anything of my petition for that matter. Errors also contained on the “order of dismissal”; the incorrect type... View More

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answered on Mar 21, 2024

If judicial misconduct is proven and relevant to your case, it could significantly impact the appellate court's decision to obtain jurisdiction. Courts take claims of judicial misconduct seriously, especially if they affect the fairness and integrity of the legal process. However, proving... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Child Custody, Civil Rights and Family Law for New York on
Q: What is the likelihood of appellate court obtaining jurisdiction in a custody case if judicial misconduct is proven?

I have filed an appeal on an order of dismissal on FO petition that was erroneously dismissed. the courts denied the review of any evidence supporting my petition; denied the review of anything of my petition for that matter. Errors also contained on the “order of dismissal”; the incorrect type... View More

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answered on Mar 25, 2024

We are told so very little about both the procedural history and the substance of the asker's case so as to have to guess to fill in the blanks. At first blush, this appears to be a forced-stip case where the court's aim is to get the parties to agree to their own resolution according to... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for New York on
Q: How do you get the remaining amount of child support owed per court order that the SCU will not take out of check?

Uward Modification granted. I have a court order for child support stating that the non custodial parents child support obligation is "X" bi weekly and is to be paid through support collections unit. The court order was signed back in November of 2023 and retro active to the date or... View More

David P. Badanes
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David P. Badanes
answered on Feb 18, 2024

It is correct that SCU can only take a portion of the payor's income to pay for child support.

However, the Order should have also stated that the non-custodial parent must pay the balance via direct deposit or checks. So the attorney you spoke to is generally correct, you can file...
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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for New York on
Q: Fighting for paternity. Mother of .my child had another man sign the birth certificate

She had another man who is in no way possible the father of my child sign the birth certificate. I've filed for custody but im not sure what to expect. She's also married to someone else.

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answered on Jan 29, 2024

With the facts as you state them, you need blood tests as a threshold . You must first prove you are the father. A DNA test of mother, father, and child will reveal positively your Paternity of the Child. Once the paternity is established you have standing to petition for Custody. You will have... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Child Custody and Family Law for New York on
Q: ADA rights for blind mom in Cty court requesting braille documents
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answered on Jan 28, 2024

In a custody case involving a blind mother in New York State, it's important to consider the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) if there are concerns about discrimination based on her disability. The ADA ensures equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities, including in legal... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Child Custody and Family Law for New York on
Q: In nys custody case with blind mom, do I need to talk to about violation of ADA rights for a disabled person.
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 28, 2024

I'm sorry for the disabled person's ordeal. Until you are able to consult with an attorney who specializes in ADA rights, here is a link to the website of the New York State Unified Court System that could hopefully be a starting point - ADA Accommodation Request Process -... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Child Custody and Family Law for New York on
Q: In nys custody case with blind mom, do I need to talk to about violation of ADA rights for a disabled person.
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answered on Jan 28, 2024

In a custody case involving a blind mother in New York State, it's important to consider the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) if there are concerns about discrimination based on her disability. The ADA ensures equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities, including in legal... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Civil Rights, Communications Law and Family Law for New York on
Q: Blind mom in custody case in Wayne county family court, NY. Requested to have documents brailled.

Like court orders, letters, etc. 2 years into case and still no accommodations. Court said they aren’t responsible

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answered on Jan 28, 2024

In your situation, it's important to know that federal law, specifically the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), requires courts to provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities, including those who are blind. This often includes making documents available in Braille or... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New York on
Q: I asked a pediatrician to note in my daughter's medical record that her mother was breastfeeding her while drunk.

I just checked the medical records for my daughter and despite an assurance by the pediatrician four years ago that it would be put in her record, there is no record of the incident and I had hoped to use that record in court in a case in which I am asking for custody of my daughter due to the... View More

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answered on Jan 1, 2024

Rigging a family court case against the opposing parent is a very dangerous step to take in a quest for the custody of a child. This question shows how the asker plotted with the child's pediatrician to set up the mother in a future custody case. The pediatrician's defense if any will be... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New York on
Q: I am filling out an emergency hearing for custody. The original case was filed in fl. The kids live in ny now. We are f

Filling out the jurisdiction affidavit to file in ny. The affidavit gets filled out to ny? Yes/ no?

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answered on Jan 1, 2024

We are not certain what the asker means by a "jurisdiction affidavit." If he means a form UCCJEA-3, then certainly this form is filed with a New York family court as part of a modification petition of a foreign state's custody order.

The asker must be aware that the UCCJEA is...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for New York on
Q: I’m looking for a good legal aid attorney to help me with custody for my two nephews who are 5 and 3 years old.

They are being physically psychologically and enotionally abused and neglected by their mother and they currently live under my roof. Cps has been involved but they are closing the case and saying it’s unfounded even with evidence in picture and video footage. I have a picture of he whole hand... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 26, 2023

The child custody and family law attorneys here could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. Until you're able to consult with someone knowledgeable in the field, here's a link to Justia's resources for New York City Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services...... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for New York on
Q: I need to ask the Support Magistrate who made my child support order a question adout my case.

I need to ask the Support Magistrate who made my child support order a question adout my case is there a order to show cause form for that?

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answered on Dec 16, 2023

This is not normally possible. The support Magistrate as a quasi judicial officer cannot be contacted by one side. You would have to petition the support wing of Family court in writing for a clarification of any ambiguity in his order. In other words ask the question in your petition on notice to... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for New York on
Q: Is it a violation of custody order if one parent purposely excludes the other parents info on therapy info forms?

Custody order states: BOTH parents share joint legal custody, one parent has residential custody. BOTH parties are entitled to access to the child’s medical, educational records and information, both parties are able to attend any medical/educational/religious/extra curricular activities for the... View More

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answered on Dec 16, 2023

This is a direct violation of the Support order. The seminal case Braiman v Braiman suggests Joint custody cannot lie where the parties cannot share joint decision making such doctors therapy mental health decisions . Her behavior can be grounds for exchange of custody. It’s clear she refuses to... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for New York on
Q: Can i file for custody after finding the other parent is in aa without my knowledge

My son mother has primary physical custody. Someone outside of the family made me aware she is currently in AA. I had no knowledge of this she had 2 cps reports unfounded this year and a mental health break and hospitalization in the past 6 months. do i have grounds to file for custody or is it... View More

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answered on Nov 28, 2023

Based on the information provided, you may have grounds to file for custody modification, but success will depend on several factors:

- The court will look at the totality of the circumstances to determine if there has been a significant change in circumstances that might warrant modifying...
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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for New York on
Q: Can i file for custody after finding the other parent is in aa without my knowledge

My son mother has primary physical custody. Someone outside of the family made me aware she is currently in AA. I had no knowledge of this she had 2 cps reports unfounded this year and a mental health break and hospitalization in the past 6 months. do i have grounds to file for custody or is it... View More

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answered on Nov 30, 2023

Anyone can file anything one wants any time one wants, but the problem will be in winning. The underlying facts here are insufficient as a change in circumstances warranting a court's review of the current order of custody, and the whole proceeding will yield nothing.

However, there...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New York on
Q: Can my daughter move out at 17 with out dads consent?

She wants to live with mom and is scared to go back to dads cause of abuse

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answered on Nov 28, 2023

In New York, the legal age of majority (when a child is considered an adult) is 18. However, the situation you described involves several complex issues, particularly around child custody and potential abuse. Here are some key points to consider:

Child Custody Agreement: If there is a...
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