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.

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Our study explored how self-represented litigants in family court navigate and experience the legal process.
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Given their unique role in the family justice system, family law attorneys are well positioned to identify and speak to the systemic obstacles they...
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Our Center provides positive solutions for families in transition and offers a suite of interdisciplinary services, all in one location.
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In partnership with the AFCC, we have developed a series of toolkits on unbundled legal services for attorneys, courts, and others.
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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

In every state across the nation, judges in family court regularly deal with challenging custody issues as families proceed through the divorce...
The January 2017 edition of Family Court Review is dedicated to the Honoring Families Initiative’s Family Bar Summit: Shaping the System for the...
The Deschutes County Circuit Court in Oregon recently adopted an Informal Domestic Relations Trial (IDRT) process to improve access to family court...
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Director, Honoring Families Initiative
Special Projects Consultant, Honoring Families Initiative
Former Senior Advisor, Honoring Families Initiative
Legal Assistant