Counsel and Litigants are encouraged to refer to the Divorce Resources site for forms.
Effective immediately, the Queens Supreme Matrimonial Department shall utilize the Preliminary Conference form listed under "General Forms".
All orders to show cause containing an application for the issuance of an Order of Protection will be treated as an emergency and emergency procedures must be followed. The court is required to conduct a hearing before issuance of an order of protection, and the applying party and their attorney, if any, must be present.
Family Protection and Domestic Violence Intervention Act
In accordance with the Family Protection and Domestic violence intervention Act of 1994, an automated statewide registry will be operative effective October 1, 1995. The legislation requires that the registry contain information involving orders of protection and warrants issued statewide in connection with criminal, Family Court and matrimonial cases involving family violence. Effective October 1, 1995, all requests for an order of protection must be submitted with a completed Family Protection Registry information sheet. These forms are available in the matrimonial office, Room 140 in Jamaica.
Telephone inquiries regarding decisions on motions will no longer be accepted. This information, as in the past, will be published in the New York Law Journal. Counsel may appear personally and obtain the pertinent information required from the computer terminals made available to the public for that purpose. Any Request to expedite the signing of an uncontested Judgment of Divorce must be done by Notice of Motion filed and made returnable in accordance with matrimonial motion rules.
Motions must be filed with the matrimonial office at least 5 working days before the return date.
Effective immediately, the filing of all post-judgment matrimonial motions and orders to show cause must include:
(a) copy of the judgment;
(b) calendar number of the said matrimonial action;
(c) date of the note of issue.
Additionally, all applications for writs of habeas corpus must indicate, below the present index number, the index number of any previously assigned action and the assigned judge, or state that no other matrimonial actions have been filed.