M. CARMEN OTERO | SENIOR APPELLATE CONSULTANT | PHP
The time to perfect an appeal in a Family Court matter in the Appellate Division Second Department follows the same timeline as for civil appeals. The Court will allow you six months from the date reflected on the Notice of Appeal filed with the lower court. Since Family Court Appeals do not require a Record to be filed, your Brief and Transcript, if applicable, can be served on the last day on all opposing counsel.
The Appellate Division Second Department, however, requires the appeal to be filed timely on the exact day in which your six months expire. If you feel you cannot meet the deadline, you may want to request an extension of time prior to the existing due date. This may be addressed by simply writing a letter to the Court seeking such relief.