The New York State Bar Association has requested that Governor Andrew Cuomo allocate sufficient funds for twenty new Family Court judgeships in the State of New York. New York State Bar Association President David Schraver when discussing the need for Family Court judgeships stated, “sadly, children’s lives are put on hold while too few judges struggle with burgeoning caseloads.” He went on further to state, “a six month delay in resolving legal matters involving custody, foster care or adoption can put a vulnerable child at further risk, while also putting additional strain on child welfare and court systems.”
State Senate and Assembly Are in Agreement Over The Need For Family Court Judgeships
Both the State Senate and the Assembly in the State of New York are in agreement with the New York State Bar Association’s request that additional Family Court judgeships need to be created. There is an issue as to where the money will come from to pay for these twenty judgeships. It is estimated the new judgeships will cost around $20,000,000 per year. It is hoped these judgeships will be created so the new judges will take office on January 1, 2015. There are currently one hundred fifty three Family Court judges in New York State.
The Family Courts in the State of New York deal with bread and butter issues for many families. The State Bar Association’s request for the additional judgeships addresses a growing need for more judges to speed cases through these courts.
Elliot S. Schlissel and his associates represent clients on divorces, custody cases, and child support matters throughout the Metropolitan New York area. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Schlissel DeCorpo have been representing New Yorkers in family related legal matters for more than 45 years.