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 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

On August 20 and 21, the multidisciplinary Honoring Families Initiative (HFI) Advisory Committee convened in Denver. The meeting agenda included in-...
The National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP) in Canada continues to build upon the important initial research conducted by Dr. Julie...
Washington's inaugural class of limited license legal technicians (LLLTs) have taken their initial test to become the first of their kind. Seven of...
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