Family Court Issues

What is Family Court?

A family court is a court that hears cases involving family law.  For example, family courts typically hear cases involving divorce, child custody and domestic abuse.  Family courts are governed by state and local law.


For the most part, family law hearings are open to the public.  In certain cases involving minors (guardianship hearings, adoptions, etc.) the courts will generally be closed to everyone but the parties involved.


What a court CAN and CANNOT do

Temporary Restraining Orders

Temporary restraining orders (TRO) are short-term pre-trial temporary injections. To obtain a TRO, a party must convince the judge that he or she will suffer immediate irreparable injury unless the order is issued. If the judge is convinced that a temporary restraining order is necessary, he or she may issue the order immediately, without informing the other party(ies) and without holding a hearing. These orders are intended to be stop-gap measures, and the TRO will only last until the court holds a hearing on whether or not to grant a Final Restraining Order (FRO). Judges’ decisions on whether or not to issue a TRO may not be appealed.

Consequences of a Final Restraining Order.

Child Support & Calculations

Child Support Modifications can be done for a variety of reasons. When filing any motion papers for modifications, you must have your thoughts and your supporting documents succinct and organized.  The staff at Family Court GPS can coach you through the steps needed to fill out the paperwork for this undertaking. The amount of paperwork, and supporting documentation can seem overwhelming at times, and whether you have an attorney working with you or you are working Pro Se, Family Court GPS can keep you focused and on task. Let our staff educate you and organize your thoughts, so you can have a strong and concise filing.

Parenting Time

Parenting Time issues can be very confusing, frustrating and filled with emotion. There are many different ways the court can assist you when issues arise pertaining to modifying schedules, enforcing schedules or any holiday conflicts. Other issues that sometimes comes up are those relating to parenting time are enforcing the order. When issues come up that concern denial of parenting time, violation  of the terms of the order or make-up time issues, the court may need to be called in to make orders to prevent further violations.

Parental Alienation

Grandparents Rights

Every state has some sort of law that allows types of grandparent visitation. Through these laws, grandparents, and at times others, such as foster parents or stepparents can ask a court to grant them the right to continue their relationship with the child(ren). However, each law is a little different in what a grandparent needs to show in order to get this legal right. In addition, courts will generally give great weight to parent’s decision to limit grandparent visitation.

Need to talk to someone?

Need to talk to someone? What comes first? Do I call the court? Am I allowed to respond to the papers I just received from the court? Is there a time limit? Who do I call ?