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Custody & Visitation


2010 Domestic Violence Legislative Update
The following is a summary of this session’s domestic violence related bills that passed both houses of the New York State Legislature or were recently signed into law by Governor Paterson. Read More

2009 Domestic Violence Law Legislative Update
Despite the well-publicized legislative challenges of last summer, a great many bills addressing domestic violence and other issues of interest or concern to families were, ultimately, enacted. Read More

2007 Domestic Violence Legislative Update
Summaries of the domestic violence-related laws passed in 2007 in New York Read More

New Law Provides Assigned Counsel in Certain Supreme Court Proceedings
Under Family Court Act §262, certain litigants are entitled to assigned counsel in a myriad of Family Court proceedings including, but not limited to, family offense, custody and visitation, paternity establishment, child welfare, and contempt matters. Read More

Custody & Visitation: Articles


Empire Justice Lauds New Law
Governor Signs Bill that Ensures Victims of Domestic Violence Are Not Held Accountable for Abusers’ Violations of Orders of Protection Read More


Empire Justice Letter to the Governor: Sign Critical Protections for Domestic Violence Victims into Law
Holding someone other than the enjoined party liable for violation of the order of protection not only offends the most fundamental due process guarantees of notice and the opportunity to be heard, but also state law prohibitions against the issuance of mutual orders of protection absent proper jurisdiction. If a court does not have the legal authority to actually issue an order of protection against someone, there is no legal authority upon which to hold that same person in contempt for its violation. Read More


Legal Services Journal - Fall 2009 Issue
In this issue of the Legal Services Journal, you will find articles on Disability Benefits, Domestic Violence, Public Benefits, Health, Child Care, Consumer and Community Development, Civil Rights, Immigrant Rights and Child Support. Read More