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.

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

The Iowa Supreme Court Family Law Case Processing Reform Task Force recently submitted its final report to the Iowa Supreme Court, concluding a year-...
As the number of self-represented litigants (or pro se litigants) continue to rise, the legal profession continues to explore alternative means of...
“It is no secret that high-conflict litigation, particularly over a protracted period of time, only serves to increase hostility between a couple,”...
Director, Honoring Families Initiative
Senior Advisor, Honoring Families Initiative
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