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If you have a case in Albany County Family Court:

At the Albany County Family Court Help Center, volunteer attorneys can assist unrepresented litigants with filling out pro se petitions and give brief legal advice related to those petitions.  The Help Center is located inside the Albany County Family Court on the first floor, all the way at the back of the building past the vending machines. 

If you need help filling out a family court petition, you should visit the Help Center on one of the days and times it is open.  Please see the calendar below.

Note: All information at the Help Center is provided by volunteer attorneys – the Albany County Bar Association itself cannot answer any procedural questions or give any legal advice.  Many family law questions can be answered by the staff at LIFT Family Legal Connection’s hotline: 1-800-696-8629.

If you would like to pay for your own attorney, our Lawyer Referral Service can give you the contact information for a family law attorney in the Albany area: (518) 445-7691 ext. 110. 

 

 

The Albany County Family Court Help Center is a joint project between the Albany County Bar Association, the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Albany Law School, and the Office of Court Administration, with support from the Third Judicial District. 

 

More information:

For fillable PDF’s of the Albany County Family Court’s pro se petition forms visit our court forms page.

 

Legal Resource Guides explaining some of the procedures in the Albany County Family Court:

ABCs of Family Court

How to Start a Case in Family Court

Serving Papers

Custody and Visitation

Child Support

How to File an Objection or Rebuttal for a Child Support Order

 

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence:

The Legal Project -- legal representation and information for domestic violence survivors.  (518) 435-1770.

Equinox -- support, advocacy, safety planning, shelter services and more. (518) 432-7865.

The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York -- legal representation and advice for domestic violence survivors in the 12206 zip code.  (518) 462-6765.

 

Attorneys:

Are you interested in volunteering at the Help Center?  See our Attorney Volunteer Page or email Kristin Petrella at kpetrella@albanycountybar.com  for more information. 

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