Saturday, July 12, 2014

Does being neighbors with the judge who resides over family court case qualify for change of venue

Q:  there is a 3 1/2 year history in Sullivan county family court where the mother has always been favored. Petitions have been ignored and the mother continues to keep child from father at supervised visitations. When mother moved to Ulster county dad was granted week on week off where he only had every other weekend in Sullivan county. Ulster county judge said mother was playing games. Now back in Sullivan the father has been made to go to supervised visitation. We just bought a house and later found out the next door neighbor who our back yard meets up to is the judge who resides in sullivan county. does this qualify as conflict of interest o move to another court.

A:  David's Answer:  No, not that in itself. Moreover, venue is usually placed in the county where the child primarily resides. Schedule a consult with a Family Law attorney in your area.   -- David Bliven, Westchester Family Law attorney (

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