University of Denver

A Model Process for Family Justice Initiative Pathways

This publication is a supplemental guide to the Family Justice Initiative's Principles for Family Justice Reform and sets forth best practices to triaging domestic relations cases that match parties and cases to resources and services.

  • A Streamlined Pathway is appropriate for cases that require minimal court resources and little or no exercise of judicial discretion, and that benefit from swift resolution.
  • A Tailored Services Pathway is appropriate for cases that require more than the minimal resources of Streamlined Pathway cases but less than what are required for Judicial/Specialized cases, and that presents an opportunity for problem solving between parties.
  • A Judicial/Specialized Pathway is appropriate for cases that necessitate substantial court-based or community services and resources to reach resolution. This track is appropriate for cases in which parties cannot or should not problem solve together without court facilitation and supervision.