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

(156 Ratings)

Produced on: March 28, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

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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 is the managing partner of Van Horn & Friedman, PC, a family law firm serving the New York City and Long Island, with its primary office located in Westbury, New York. Alissa L. Van Horn has extensive experience with cases involving divorce, adoption, custody, child support, orders of protection, foster care litigation, name changes, prenuptial, postnuptial and separation agreements. Alissa L. Van Horn concentrates her practice in the New York City Metropolitan Area, including Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Prior to founding Van Horn & Friedman, P.C. with Meredith Friedman, Esq., Alissa and Meredith, began their careers in New York at a small general practice law firm in Queens, wherein their practices focused on representing clients in divorce and family law matters, as well as criminal and civil litigation. Thereafter, Alissa joined a boutique Manhattan family law firm as an associate, where she handled all facets of foster care litigation and adoption law. In 2010, Alissa founded the Law Office of Alissa L. Van Horn, P.C., where she honed her research, writing, litigation and negotiation skills to provide the best possible outcomes for all of her clients.

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 area of Family Law 2 years in a row. 


Susan K.

Very informative overview, excellent presentation

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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