“Attorneys are being forced to resign not because they want to leave, but because they cannot provide for their own families if they stay. Offices that were once inundated with job applicants for a small number of vacant positions a decade ago have vacancies that are now taking months to fill—if they can be filled at all.”
“While states like New York emphasize supporting vulnerable women and children as a priority, there has been too little focus on the need to improve the child support system to do so—especially within family courts. Instead, these courts—which handle hundreds of thousands of cases per year—have been historically neglected.”
‘While the scourge of domestic violence is found within all communities, ultra-Orthodox Jewish women face additional and unique challenges. Understanding how someone’s culture heavily informs the choices they make, enables us to better serve domestic violence survivors and also eliminates barriers.’
A report says complicated backstory of the city-state Close to Home program—and its early success–are a model for youth-justice systems around the country.
Michele Cortese and Tehra Coles |
‘It’s time we recognize that the interests at stake for parents under ACS investigation are just as compelling, with consequences that can be just as grave, as in a criminal case.’
A pilot program gives women alleging abuse the chance to obtain a temporary order of protection via videoconference, allowing them to avoid the dangers and difficulties inherent in a trip to court. Can the program expand without raising fairness concerns?
Nine additional judgeships were added to the New York City Family Court system in 2015, the first increase since 1990—a period over which caseloads swelled by 23 percent.
A shortage of judges means some children and their families spend years in the system, exacerbating whatever problems brought them there in the first place.