Emergency Forms


Due to COVID-19, the New York City Family Courts have temporary rules for filing petitions. LIFT created this page to help you find the information and forms you need on the court’s website.

Questions? Please call our HELPLINE at 212-343-1122. Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. Se habla español.

New York City Family Courts continue to operate virtually. In general, the courts are prioritizing emergency matters and scheduling hearings for cases that were filed before the pandemic. Although the courthouses are generally closed to the public, you can file for an order of protection in person if you do not have access to a phone or internet. You can also make an appointment to pick up a copy of your court records in person.


Are you representing yourself in New York Family Court? We want the court to hear from you.

For a limited time, the New York courts are conducting a survey about how well they are serving New Yorkers like you during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here to take the survey now!

The more feedback the courts get from people like you, the more likely it is that the court can address the barriers that you face. Your opinion matters, make your voice heard. All responses will be anonymous and will not affect your case in any way. Your response will still be counted even if you do not answer all the questions. 



Family Court's Electronic Document Delivery Service (EDDS)

EDDS Instructions



LIFT Family Resource Guide



Paternity Petition

Child Support Modification

Child Support Enforcement

Custody/Visitation Modification

Custody/Visitation Enforcement



Order to Show Cause  (Form GF-1)

Instructions for Order to Show Cause

Affidavit in Support



Paternity Petition (Form 5-1)



Instructions on how to file in a custody or visitation case (NYC)

Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus (Form GF-22)

Custody / Visitation Petition (Form GF-17)

Modification of Custody / Visitation Petition (Form GF-40)

Enforcement/Violation Petition (Form GF-41)



Guardianship Petition (Form 6-1)



Child Support (Form 4-3)

Instructions on how to request a child support modification (NYC)

Child Support Modification Petition (Form 4-11)

Personal Information Form (Form 4-5)

Child Support Enforcement Petition (Form 4-12)


Office of Child Support Services Contact Information:

New York City Office of Child Support Services

New York State Child Support Office



Instructions on how to file an Order of Protection (NYC)

Order of Protection Petition (Form 8-2)



Instructions on how to request copies of records from the court


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