Honoring Families

Divorce, separation, and custody cases are the way in which the vast majority of Americans will be involved with our courts, in one way or another, over the course of their lives. The IAALS Honoring Families Initiative is dedicated to promoting new ways to handle these issues that ensure better outcomes for children, less-adversarial approaches for spouses/parents, and greater accessibility, efficiency, and fairness for everyone involved in the family court process, including those who navigate the system without a lawyer.

As more litigants proceed without legal representation, we work to ensure that that all families have meaningful access to the family justice system.
During divorce or separation, every family needs access to an approach for reorganizing that is best suited to their needs.
Family court judges make significant decisions affecting our nation's families, yet these judges are often undervalued—even by their peers on the...

Recent Blog Posts

“Complicated,” “costly,” and “unobtainable” are words that Pope Francis wishes to eliminate from the common description of marriage annulments within...
Not all divorces are ugly. Shannon and Chris Neuman, a Canadian couple, recently finalized their divorce in Calgary, Alberta. The final consummation...
Navigating federal court without an attorney, self-represented ( pro se ) litigants are often lost “in a maze of procedural rules and arcane...
Director, Honoring Families Initiative
Senior Advisor, Honoring Families Initiative
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