Navigating the New York Family Court System: What Every Attorney (and Litigant) Should Know

(120 Ratings)

Produced on: March 28, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

Taught by


Course Description

Time 108 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

This course, taught by seasoned family law attorney Alissa Van Horn, takes a practical and realistic look into the New York Family Court system, addressing the issues practitioners face with clientele, judges, magistrates, and referees, while exploring the recent trends and changes in policy and practice over the years. Explore the differences between judges, referees, and support magistrates, and learn the evidentiary standards for the various family court matters, including custody, child, support, neglect, abuse, juvenile delinquency, orders of protection, guardianship, and adoption matters with real examples of real cases and how the trends have changed over time.  

This course is designed to provide a 90-minute practical approach to navigating the family court system, while providing some comic relief with real anecdotes, experiences, and lessons of family court practitioners.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Outline the jurisdiction of the Family Court and define the roles of the different jurists
  2. Provide real life experiences on the trends and changes in the application of the law through various court decisions over time
  3. Discuss and define the evidentiary rules in each area of family law
  4. Review the standards of proof, procedures, costs, time frames and practicalities of family court practice
  5. Advise the attendees on the best ways to counsel clients on each individual matter and discuss the differences in jurisdictions and jurists, and what impact that may have on the outcome of the cases


Alissa Van Horn

Van Horn & Friedman, P.C.

Alissa L. Van Horn, Esq. is a Founding Member and Managing Partner of Van Horn & Friedman, P.C., a boutique family law firm, exclusively dedicated to handling family and matrimonial cases in the New York Metropolitan Area.

Prior to founding Van Horn & Friedman, P.C., Alissa opened the doors to her first solo practice in 2010, the Law Office of Alissa L. Van Horn, P.C. where she exclusively concentrated on matrimonial and family law matters.   Alissa was previously an associate of Rosin Steinhagen Mendel in New York, NY, a boutique family law firm, where she primarily focused on adoption and foster care litigation for more than three years.  Alissa began her career as an attorney in 2006, as an associate of Gildin, Zelenitz & Shapiro, P.C., where she engaged in general practice with a concentration in matrimonial and family law matters.

Alissa is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Family Law Chapter, the Suffolk County Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association, a former member of the Queens County Women’s Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association.

Alissa is licensed to practice law in New York, Connecticut and the United States Supreme Court.  Alissa has a juris doctor from Widener University School of Law, and obtained her undergraduate degree in Public Administration from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA.

In 2017, Alissa received Alissa received the Long Island Power Women in Business Award and the Long Island Business News Leadership in Law Award and has been selected as an honoree at the Long Island Business News 40 Under 40 Awards in 2018.  Alissa is also a 3-time recipient of the Rising Star Award and the Top Female Attorneys Award for NYC Metro by Super Lawyers Magazine. Alissa received the “10 Best” Award by the American Institute for Family Law Attorneys in 2016 and 2017, the Top 10 Under 40 Award by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, the Top 100 Attorneys Award and the Top 40 under 40 Award for NYC by the National Advocates in the area of Divorce and Family Law, the Outstanding Women in the Law Award for 2016 by Hofstra Law School’s Center for Children and Families, and was featured by LI Pulse Magazine as a Top Legal Eagle in March 2017.

Van Horn & Friedman, P.C. was selected as a Top 10 Law Firm in New York in the are of Family Law 2 years in a row.

Alissa began teaching CLE’s in 2015 on family and matrimonial matters for Marino CLE and LawLine.  Alissa was also a Guest Speaker at Legaltech’s LegalWeek in 2018 on the topic of starting and succeeding in a small law firm.  Additionally, Alissa has presented on topics related to divorce and Family Law by the New York State Society of CPA’s and New York Presbyterian Hospital.  Throughout the year, Alissa offers free seminars to residents of Long Island on procedural and substantive matters they face in Family and Supreme Courts.  Alissa is also a member of, networking for a cause, and supports many local charities including the American Kidney Fund, Kids Clubhouse and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island, LIAFF.


Marvin W.

Excellent coverage.

Diana M.

Extremely thorough

amy d.

Great course! Thank you!

David S.

Excellent job

Judith S.

Very well informed.

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