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.

Court Compass will help people dealing with divorce on their own, with the goal to offer online services and information.
Oct 26, 2017 to Oct 27, 2017
What if in two days we could bring together leaders across North America to create paths that help close the justice gap through unbundled legal...
Our study explored how self-represented litigants in family court navigate and experience the legal process.
Our Center provides positive solutions for families in transition and offers a suite of interdisciplinary services, all in one location.
Given their unique role in the family justice system, family law attorneys are well positioned to identify and speak to the systemic obstacles they...
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 issue of how to provide litigants with equal access to legal services, regardless of the litigant’s financial status, has plagued the legal...
For litigants without the help of an attorney, the American civil justice system can be difficult to understand—let alone navigate. In a recent piece...
Alternative dispute resolution processes, especially in the area of family law, are finally starting to become more common—yet still not common...
Director, Honoring Families Initiative
Legal Assistant