New York Child Custody Resources and Support

Don't go through the child custody process on your own. Even if you can't afford an attorney, you have plenty of places to turn for support.

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In-depth guides

Use the following to shepherd you and your family through the custody process.

Court resources

New York state offers a self-help website, as do most family courts and supreme courts. The New York City family court and supreme court websites are organized by borough.

Many counties also have self-help centers, law libraries and staff attorneys.

Staff attorneys do not represent anyone but provide free help to the public. They cannot give legal advice but can provide information about court and procedures.

Online court forms

DIY forms ask questions related to your case, then turn your answers into a form you can file or use as an information sheet in court. They're available for litigants without lawyers, pro bono attorneys with affirmation and low-bono attorneys with affirmation.

You can use DIY forms for the following types of cases:

  • Uncontested divorce
  • Custody/visitation modification and enforcement
  • Child support modification and enforcement
  • Paternity

Other options: General family court forms are available to all family court litigants, while general divorce forms are available for supreme court litigants without attorneys.

For low-income litigants

LawHelpNY has a searchable database of pro-bono lawyers and legal clinics for low-income litigants.

In addition, each New York county has a community dispute resolution center that offers free or low-cost alternatives to court through partnerships with nonprofit organizations.

Child support agencies

Child support payments in New York are overseen by the Department of Child Support Services. If you need help opening a case, enforcing support orders or locating the other parent, contact your local office. Their services are usually free and can help you avoid returning to court.

The New York State Support Helpline operates Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 1-888-208-4485.

Access and visitation services

If your court order requires supervised visitation or monitored exchanges, see the Access and Visitation Program for a list of providers throughout the state.

Parenting education and coordination

New York's Parenting Education and Awareness Program teaches parents how separation and divorce can affect children. The program offers a list of certified providers by county and a parent handbook.

Another way to maintain a healthy co-parenting relationship is to hire a mediator or parent coordinator to help you resolve differences.

Our professional sources

For more help, consider reaching out to one of our sources. The people and offices listed below have helped us with the intricacies of child custody in New York, and we hope they can help you, as well.

Andrew A. Bokser, Esq.
New York, NY

Cohen & Lombardo, P.C., Attorneys at Law
Gary Freedman, Esq.
Buffalo, NY

Divorce Lawyers NYC
Paul Rudder, Esq.
New York, NY

Duke Law Firm, P.C.
Susan Duke, Esq.
Rochester, NY

HoganWillig Attorneys at Law
Keli Iles-Hernandez, Esq.
Buffalo, NY

Hyman & Gilbert, Attorneys at Law
Rita K. Gilbert, Esq.
Larchmont, NY

Law and Mediation Practice of Catherine Canadé
Catherine Canadé, Esq.
New York, NY

The Lama Law Firm, LLP
Ciano Lama, Esq.
Ithaca, NY

The Law Firm of Mazzara & Small, P.C.
Kathy Small, Esq.
Bohemia, NY

Law Offices of Alayne Katz, P.C.
Alayne Katz, Esq.
Irvington, NY

Law Office of Alexander Korotkin, Esq.
Alexander Korotkin, Esq.
Rochester, NY

Law Offices of Anthony J. LoPresti
Anthony J. LoPresti, Esq.
Garden City, NY

Law Office of Heather L. Kitchen
Heather L. Kitchen, Esq.
Poughkeepsie, NY

NYC Forensics, Alberto Yohanaoff, Ph.D
New York, NY

Peter V. Mandi & Associates, Inc
Peter V. Mandi, Esq.
Bohemia, NY

ReSolutions Mediation/Legal Services
Rachel Fishman Green, Esq.
New York, NY

Santo W. Bentivegna, Ph.D
Rochester, NY

The Williams Law Firm, LLP
Tom Williams, Esq.
Batavia, NY

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Custody X Change is software that creates parenting plans and schedules to help parents through the custody process.

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