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Janice Davidson
Natalie Anne Knowlton
Honoring Families recently convened a diverse cross-section of the national family law bar, with the goal of identifying and discussing improvements to the system that would allow all practitioners to better serve clients and children. Part of the DIAALOGUES series of convenings at IAALS, the Family Bar Summit:...
Natalie Anne Knowlton
The ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services has published an issue paper exploring the development of new categories of judicially-authorized-and-regulated legal services providers. The Commission is seeking comments on: Whether the concept and definition of “legal services providers” should include non-lawyers...
Hunter Metcalf
In a recent amicus brief to the Alaska Supreme Court, the American Bar Association (ABA) argues that the Alaskan Constitution requires appointment of counsel to an indigent parent in a child custody case when a private lawyer represents the other party. In a 1979 decision relying on Alaska’s due process guarantees,...
Zachary Willis
Hunter Metcalf
How do you talk to children about divorce? And, do we realize just how far the effects of divorce can reach? In a recent article for Psychology Today, Splitopia author Wendy Paris discusses these questions and takes a hard look at the realities of divorce in our modern world. The “typical” American family is changing...
Hunter Metcalf
“Complicated,” “costly,” and “unobtainable” are words that Pope Francis wishes to eliminate from the common description of marriage annulments within the Catholic Church. The pope has issued a new law that sets out a number of changes designed to “speed up and simplify” the process for obtaining an annulment. Greg...
Hunter Metcalf
Not all divorces are ugly. Shannon and Chris Neuman, a Canadian couple, recently finalized their divorce in Calgary, Alberta. The final consummation of their divorce: a selfie outside the courthouse. The ex-couple’s selfie is a celebration of the commitment that they have made, regardless of personal differences, to...
Hunter Metcalf
Navigating federal court without an attorney, self-represented ( pro se ) litigants are often lost “in a maze of procedural rules and arcane terminology,” regardless of the strength of their case. However, starting this past March, low-income self-represented litigants in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern...

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