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Electronic Document Delivery Service (EDDS) Instructions

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How do I start my case during COVID?


To start a case in Family Court, you must submit a petition. The person who starts a case is called the petitioner. The person on the other side is called the respondent. 


Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, you can submit your petition online through the Electronic Document Delivery System (EDDS) or through mail unless it is an emergency. 

How do I file an emergency petition? 

In NYC: The Courthouses are not In NYC: If your case is an emergency, you can physically open, except if you want submit your petition by email. Email the court an order of protection. You can at: file in person if you do not have 

access to a computer. 

The Court will review your petition. If the Court 

thinks it is not an emergency, you may receive an email asking you to file it over EDDS. 

Outside NYC: Contact your local Court to see if you can go in person or submit over EDDS. 

What is the Electronic Document Delivery System (EDDS)?


The Electronic Document Delivery System (EDDS) is a website to submit your petition. You will fill out your contact information and then upload your petition.


Go to the EDDS website here:

 What is a PDF?                                 


All EDDS documents must be PDFs.

A PDF is a specific kind of

document file. It is not a photo,

picture or image. It is also not a word document. It is specific type

of file called “PDF.”

How do I turn my picture or document into a PDF?

Convert means to change one file type to another file type. For example, if you change a picture to a PDF, you convert a picture (a JPG or PNG) to a PDF.


You can convert a word document to a PDF for free on the Adobe website. Go to the website:


You can convert an image or photo to a PDF for free on the Adobe website. Go to the website:


There are also many free phone apps to convert a picture to a PDF

Can I use EDDS on my phone?

Yes. However, you must upload your petition as a PDF. You cannot upload a photo of the petition from your phone.

It is easier to upload your petition to EDDS with a computer.

If I submit my petition over EDDS, do I need to serve court papers on the respondent?

After you get a court date, you must tell the respondent by giving them the papers. This is called service. The Court will tell you how you have to “serve” the papers. You must give the papers to the respondent before the first hearing. The Court will give you instructions for how to serve the

respondent. Follow the Court’s instructions.

EDDS does not “serve the other party.

When will I hear from the Court?

You will get a confirmation email from the Court automatically with a Document ID after you submit your petition. The Court will contact you again by email when they are ready to schedule a hearing.

There are other petitions already in line ahead of yours. It may take a while for the court to contact you. Check your email and spam/junk folder regularly. Tell the Court if your email or phone number changes. You should expect to wait.

Electronic Document Delivery System (EDDS) Steps


Go to the EDDS Website:

Page 1

Click Family Court

Page 2

Read the instructions then Click Next

Page 3

  1. Type Your First and Last Name
  2. Check “I do not have a lawyer”
  3. Type Your Phone Number
  4. Type Your Email
  5. Party You are Representing Type Your Name
  6. Party Role: Type “Petitioner”
  7. Case Number: Type the CMS or Docket number. If you do not have a case number, write “N/A”
  8. Case Title: Type “Your Name vs. Respondent Name”
  9. Reasons for Sending Documents: List what petition and/or document(s) you are sending
  10. Check “FILING REQUEST: I request that the document(s) I am sending be filed by the court or County Clerk”
  11. Click Next

Page 4

Select the Family Court in the County where you are filing

Click Next



Page 5

Pick the kind of case. Case Type

·        Adoptions

·        Appeals

·        Child Protective Proceeding

·        Custody/Visitation and Guardianship

·        Family Offense Proceeding / Temporary Order of Protection

·        Juvenile Delinquency Proceeding

·        Objections

·        Order to Show Cause (NYC Family)

·        Support/Paternity

·        Transcripts

·        Writ of Habeas Corpus (NYC Family)


Click Next

Page 6

Document Type Select “Petition”

Submit your petition by selecting Choose File Click Next

Page 7

DOUBLE CHECK Your Information


(1)    Check your information

If you find a mistake, click Change My Information

(2)    Click the document to confirm it was the one you intended to file

(3)    Write down Document(s) ID

(4)    Read the acknowledgements

(5)    Click “I acknowledge […]” There should be $0 filing fees

Click Send Documents

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