In a case of first impression, a New York state appellate panel has ruled that the Family Court may have subject matter jurisdiction over acts that occur out of state — in this instance, a woman’s alleged assault of her daughter and grandchildren on the Caribbean Island of Anguilla.

In affirming a Long Island judge’s order granting three orders of protection, a unanimous Appellate Division, 2nd Department, panel concluded that the Family Court Act sets no geographic boundaries for family offenses.

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