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Family, Domestic Violence & Divorce

We represent survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking and provide legal services to individuals in family and divorce court and survivors in consumer and immigration matters.

How To Get Help

For assistance with any of the issues above contact our team in your borough:

Bronx
646-340-1919
Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Brooklyn
718-422-2838
Second and fourth Wednesday of each month,10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Manhattan
212-426-3000
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Queens
718- 286-2450
Monday, Wednesday or Friday 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Staten Island
347-422-5333
Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Matters or questions regarding the representation of children should be directed to the Juvenile Rights Practice Team in your borough.

Important Things To Know

Filing for divorce in New York.

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Obtaining immigration status as a survivor of intimate partner violence/domestic violence.

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How to get assistance with consumer debt issues for survivors of domestic violence.

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Terms You Might Hear

The justice system can be overwhelming. Get familiar with some legal terms and acronyms you might hear like appeal, adjournment, petition, jurisdiction, deposition, and affidavit.

  • Adjournment – A temporary postponement of a case until a specified future time.
  • Attorney – A person admitted to practice law and authorized to perform criminal and civil legal functions on behalf of clients.
  • Brief – A written document prepared by the lawyers on each side of a dispute that is submitted to the court in support of each side's argument. It includes the points of law which the lawyer wishes to establish, the arguments the lawyer will use, and the legal authorities on which the lawyer rests their conclusions.
  • Clerk – An official or employee of the court who maintains the files of each case, and issues routine documents.
  • Creditor – An individual to whom an obligation is owed because he or she has given something of value in exchange.
  • Custody – The care, possession, and control of a thing or person.
  • Defendant – In a civil matter, this refers to the individual being sued. This party is called the "respondent" in a summary proceeding. In a criminal case, the court officers and district attorneys will use this term to refer to someone accused of a crime.
  • Delinquency – An offense or misdemeanor; a misdeed; A debt or other financial obligation on which payment is overdue.
  • Foster Care – A system in which a child lives with and is cared for by people who are not the child's parents for a period of time.
  • ICE – Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Landlord – A lessor of real property; the owner or possessor of an estate in land or a rental property, who, in an exchange for rent, leases it to another individual known as the tenant.
  • Lawyer – Someone whose job is to give advice to people about the law and speak for them in court.
  • Lien – A claim on specific property for payment of a debt.
  • Minor – A child under 18 years old.
  • Motion – A request to the court, usually in writing, for relief before the trial on the parties' claims, or for different or additional relief after the trial decision.
  • Notarize – To have a notary public attest to the authenticity of a signature on a document by signing the document and affixing his/her own stamp.
  • Order – An oral or written command or a direction from a judge.
  • Party – Person having a direct interest in a legal matter, transaction or proceeding.
  • Petition – In special or summary proceedings, a paper like a document filed in court and delivered to the respondents, stating what the petitioner requests from the court and the respondents.
  • Plaintiff – The person suing. This party is called the "petitioner" in summary proceedings.
  • Precinct – A district of a city or town defined for police purposes.
  • Proceeding – A type of lawsuit. In Housing Court, a nonpayment proceeding seeks past-due rent; a holdover proceeding seeks possession of the premises.
  • Public Charge – An immigration law that can be basis for denying a non-citizen entry in the U.S., or for denying an application to adjust status if they are applying through a family member.
  • Social Security – A federal program that provides income, health insurance, and other benefits.
  • Summons – A plaintiff's written notice delivered to the parties being sued, that they must answer the plaintiff's attached complaint within a specific time.
  • TPS – Temporary Protective Status. Offers temporary legal status to certain immigrants in the United States who cannot return to their home country due to ongoing armed conflict, natural disaster, or other extraordinary reasons.
  • USCIS – United States Citizen and Immigration Services
  • Waive – To voluntarily give up a right. Examples include not enforcing the terms of a contract, or knowingly giving up a legal right such as a speedy trial.