Ensuring Access to the Family Justice System

In state courts around the country, more and more litigants are proceeding without legal representation. The numbers are often the highest in family cases and, in some courts, upwards of 80 to 90 percent of family cases involve at least one self-represented party. In many cases, both parties are unrepresented. These families must navigate a complicated system designed for use by attorneys, at a time of inherent vulnerability and confusion.

The Honoring Families Initiative works closely with the legal profession and state courts to ensure that families, including those without legal counsel, have meaningful access to the family justice system.

Our study explored how self-represented litigants in family court navigate and experience the legal process.
In partnership with the AFCC, we have developed a series of toolkits on unbundled legal services for attorneys, courts, and others.