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Otsego County Courts


Family Court

The County Annex Building
32 Chestnut Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Phone: 607-547 4264
Fax: 212-457-2956
E-Mail: OtsegoFamilyCourt@courts.state.ny.us

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Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(excluding state holidays)

All visitors must pass through a magnetometer upon entering the courthouse.

 

Introduction

The Family Court hears and determines most legal issues involving children and families. There is a Family Court within each county of the State which is authorized to hear matters relating to:

  • Article 6 - custody, visitation and guardianship
  • Article 4 - monetary support for children, spouses and ex-spouses
  • Article 5 - paternity
  • Article 8 - violence among family members
  • Article 3 - children accused of committing crimes (JD)
  • Article 7 - children in need of supervision (PINS)
  • Article 10 - abuse and neglect of children

The Family Court does not handle proceedings involving separation, annulment or divorce. These matters must be brought in the Supreme Court, which has exclusive jurisdiction over such issues.
For answers to frequently asked questions and access to petitions, please refer to www.nycourthelp.gov. To receive a petition by mail, put the request in writing and include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Judges/Magistrate's Chambers

Judge
Hon. John F. Lambert

Secretary
Stacey A. Johansen

Court Attorney
Mark N. Oursler

County Court Chambers
Otsego County Office Building
197 Main St.
Cooperstown, NY13326
Phone: 607-547-7573
Fax: 607-547-7566


Judge
Hon. Brian D. Burns

Secretary
Carol Klein

Court Attorney
Nathan Getman

County Court Chambers
Otsego County Office Building
197 Main St.
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Phone: 607-547-4358
Fax: 607-547-7522


Support Magistrate
Richard E. Brown

Assistant
Susan Bush

Otsego County Family Court
The County Annex Building
32 Chestnut Street
Phone: 607-547-1687
Fax: 212-457-2956

Chief Clerks

Chief Clerk
Karen A. Nichols

Deputy Chief Clerk
TBD

Otsego County Family Court
The County Annex Building
32 Chestnut Street
Cooperstown, NY13326
Phone: 607-547-4264
Fax: 212-457-2956

Additional Information:

Instructions for completing petitions properly.

An identification sheet must be included with all petitions filed.

If you are filing a petition for child support or seeking modification of a support order, you must file the financial disclosure affidavit at the time you file your petition. (If you are seeking a termination of child support, a financial affidavit does not need to be completed.)

Please summarize the allegations in the petition and do not attach additional sheets of information.

Original papers are required for filing. A facsimile will not be accepted for processing.

Catholic Charities is available to assist parties in reaching agreements by arranging mediation sessions with trained mediators. Please contact Dispute Resolution at 607-432-0061 for more information or write to

Dispute Resolution Center of Chenango and Delaware Counties
176 Main St.
Oneonta, NY 13820

Visit our Children's Center located in the County Office Building, 197 Main Street on the Second Floor. The Center is available to provide quality child care for litigants' children while litigants attend to court business.

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