How IDV Cases
Not every case involving domestic violence will go to the IDV courts. Instead, these cases are limited to those where there are connected cases in different courts.
For example, if a married couple has an argument and the police are called, one or both of the spouses might face criminal charges. If the couple decides to get a divorce and cannot agree to the custody of the kids, then there may be as many as three different cases in three different courts:
- The criminal case in Criminal Court
- The custody case in Family Court
- And the divorce case in Supreme Court.
Prior to the establishment of the IDV courts, this situation would require three different judges presiding over the three different cases — which is both costly and inefficient. Now, one judge will preside over all of the interrelated legal matters in one court.
You don't need to hire three lawyers.
If you have a case in IDV court, you could choose to have three separate lawyers represent you: a family law attorney, a divorce lawyer and a criminal defense attorney. Hiring three different lawyers to learn the facts of your case and represent you in court would be incredibly expensive and a burden on your already-strained finances. Instead, you could hire one lawyer who is skilled in all three areas of law and who can handle all related matters on your behalf. The key is to find a lawyer who is capable of representing you on these separate issues.
I’ve been practicing law in New York City for more than two decades. My practice encompasses both criminal defense and family law matters, making me an ideal choice for anyone facing IDV court proceedings. I’ll develop an overall strategy so that you can present the most consistent and strongest case in each matter — and reach your goals for each issue.