Westchester County Family Lawyer
Your Westchester County Family Lawyer on the experienced legal team of Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC is knowledgeable and seasoned in the workings of the Westchester County Family Court. For this reason, a Family Lawyer on our team has outlined for your review the different types of Family Law cases dealt with by the Westchester County Family Court. We also have described the people who are involved in overseeing the Westchester County Court and also the location for the Westchester County Family Courthouse. Please remember, if you need more information after you’ve read our introduction to the Westchester County Family Court page, we offer a free consultation with a Westchester Family Lawyer from our Law Firm.
The address of the Westchester County Family Court is 420 North Avenue, 3rd Floor, New Rochelle, NY 10801. The telephone number of the Westchester County Family Court is (914) 813-5650. Its hours of operation are as follows: Monday thru Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. As is the case with the Family Courts in New York City, the Westchester County Family Courthouse hears cases of Child Support, Child Custody, Guardianship, Visitation, cases of Paternity, Family Offense (or order of protection issues), and furthermore Abuse and Neglect petitions. Please be aware that Westchester County also has a Family Court in the City of Yonkers.
You will find the supervising Judge at the Westchester County Family Courthouse is the Honorable Nilda Morales. The Chief Clerk is James McAllister and the Deputy Chief Clerks is Sonia Soto and Queenie Anderson.
The Westchester County Family Courthouse handles cases involving a Child Custody issue and Visitation, with cases concerning Paternity, with issues of Spousal or Child Support, Abuse and Neglect petitions/cases, additionally any Family Order of Protection and any juvenile criminal issues. Divorce is the one Family Law issue the Westchester County Family Court doesn’t handle. So if you look to get a Divorce in Westchester County, your case must be brought to the Westchester County, Supreme Court.
Your Westchester County Family Law case may be presided over by a Judges, but it also may be presided over by a Support Magistrates or by an individual in the role of Referees or by a Judicial Hearing Officer (JHO). Most Family Judges have formerly practiced as Westchester County Family Lawyers before they were seated on the bench, and the same is usually true for the Support Magistrates, Court Attorneys, as well as the Referees and the JHOs (Judicial Hearing Officers).
A Westchester County Family Lawyer from Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC has summarized the various responsibilities of these different roles, for your convenience. For example, the Support Magistrate almost exclusively, will preside over child support cases, and the Judges will hear Family Orders of Protection, Child Abuse and Child Neglect cases, in addition to any other case that possibly can result in the subject individual facing incarceration. Finally, Judges and also Referees and the JHOs (Judicial Hearing Officers) will be the persons to hear your Custody and Visitation cases.
Every Westchester County Family Lawyer you speak with should be sure you understand there is the possibility that you might reach a resolution even before a trial comes into the picture. This resolution can be reached between both parties with the help of the Court Attorney, who is working for the Judge with the goal of settling a case before the Court goes into session. This saves the Court and you the valuable resource of time and money. One example of this is a custody case, in which a Court Attorney may confer with both respondent’s and the petitioner’s Westchester County Family Lawyers as part of the effort settle the matter—which can completely avoid a trial.
At Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC we give a free Consultation with a Westchester County Family Lawyer from our Law Firm. Simply call us now at 800.696.9529 for a free evaluation of your case with one of our Westchester County Family Lawyer. We can see you in our Manhattan Office, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Westchester County or on Long Island in either Nassau County or Suffolk County. We can provide assistance with your Family Law cases—we handle all types of Family Law cases and represent all people ranging from those seeking fathers rights, grandparents rights to mother’s trying to do the best for their family. The types of cases we handle range from Child Support to Child Custody, from Visitation cases to Orders of Protection, from a case of Abuse and Neglect to a Paternity issue, and cases concerning the emancipation of a child. Call today: 800.696.9529!