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320 North Tioga Street
P.O. Box 70
Ithaca, NY 14851-0070
All visitors must pass through a magnetometer upon entering the courthouses.
The Family Court hears and determines most legal issues involving children and families. There is a Family Court within each County of the State which is authorized to hear matters relating to:
- custody, visitation and guardianship
- monetary support for children, spouses and ex-spouses
- abuse and neglect of children
- violence among family members
- children accused of committing crimes (JD)
- children in need of supervision (PINS)
The Family Court does not handle proceedings involving separation, annulment or divorce. These matters must be brought in the Supreme Court, which has exclusive jurisdiction over such issues.
Petitions may be filed from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday thru Friday. Public computers are available for the completion of DIY petitions.
If you need a court order to protect yourself and/or your children from abuse, you will want to file a petition for an order of protection (family offense petition). You also need to complete an Identification Sheet and proposed Temporary Order of Protection (General Forms #5).
If you need financial support from the children's absent parent or from your spouse, you will need to file a support petition to be scheduled before the Court Magistrate.
If you need a court order giving you custody of or visitation with your children, you will need to file a custody or visitation petition.
If you need a lawyer and cannot afford to pay one, you may want to file an Assigned Counsel Application to see whether you are eligible for their assistance.
Family Court Judge
Hon. Joseph R. Cassidy
Family Court Judge
Hon. John C. Rowley
Family y Court Judge
Hon. Scott A. Miller
Hon. Alan D. Scheer
Court Clerk's Office
Deputy Chief Clerk