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Does family court have jurisdiction to issue orders of protection against Petitioner's brother-in-law and uncle-in-law?

Q: Are they related by affinity? Can an argument be made before the referee at the first family offense proceeding that this should be dismissed due to lack of jurisdiction?

A: David's Answer: The old law provided for relationships based solely on affinity or consanguinity. The new, amended law also provides for jurisdiction involving "intimate relationships," which has been broadly interpreted to include most familial relationships. You're best advised to schedule a consult with a NYC Family Law attorney for a full assessment.

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