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.

Featured 
Project
Court Compass will help people dealing with divorce on their own, with the goal to offer online services and information.
Event
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...
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Our study explored how self-represented litigants in family court navigate and experience the legal process.
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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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Given their unique role in the family justice system, family law attorneys are well positioned to identify and speak to the systemic obstacles they...
Publication
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

Denmark has been known for allowing quick access to many official documents and services online, including $60 online divorces within a week. But...
IAALS’ own Natalie Knowlton was recently interviewed for a Chicago Tribune advice column for self-represented litigants about the problems they face...
Changes in recent years to California’s budget, priorities, and policies have resulted in a focus on criminal over civil matters. In the yearly State...
Staff 
Director, Honoring Families Initiative
Legal Assistant