Programs & Services

LIFT's Programs and Services emphasize a holistic approach to helping families as they tackle legal issues in Family Court and plan for a positive future for themselves and their children. 

Short-Term Interventions

  • Education and Information Sites are located in the Family Courthouses in all five boroughs and provide litigants with immediate help in navigating the courthouse, filling out documents, and assessing whether they need more in-depth assistance. The Sites are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Helplines, operated by Telephone, Email, and Live Chat, allow LIFT's staff to answer questions from anyone with a Family Law case in New York- including elderly, disabled, and otherwise homebound individuals; military members deployed overseas; and incarcerated parents.

Long-Term Engagements

  • Court Consultations are also located in the Family Courthouses in all five boroughs. Here, litigants are teamed up with a LIFT staff attorney to receive in-depth assistance and one-on-one attention, including accompaniment to appointments. CC appointments are available between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Educational Resources

Advocacy and System Reform

  • LIFT serves on taskforces and coalitions aimed at improving the Court system and the quality of life for those who use it, and also provides public testimony when appropriate.