Manhattan Family Courthouse

(Courthouses In New York City)

courthouses_manhattan_family_courthouse_300x300The Manhattan Family Courthouse is located on the west side of Lafayette Street between Franklin and Leonard Streets. The building houses the Family Court, Department of Probation, Human Resources Administration, and Legal Aid.

The courthouse is a modern black granite building designed by the architectural firm of Haines Lundberg Waehler, which later designed the office buildings at the World Financial Center. A fashionable new form, it was intended to look as if it is an incised cube that was carved away from a polished black granite monolith.

The Family Court hears matters involving children and families. It has the authority to make legal decisions over the following types of cases:

  • Abused or Neglected Children (Child Protective Proceeding)
  • Adoption
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Domestic Violence (Family Offense)
  • Foster Care Approval & Review
  • Guardianship
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Paternity
  • Persons in Need of Supervision (PINS)
  • Child and/or Spousal Support



60 Lafayette Street (Map)
New York, NY 10013