South and Central Asia: Rule of Law and Judicial Reform

February 19, 2013 

On Feb. 19, the NCJFCJ was privileged to host an International Visitor Leadership Program from South and Central Asia. This professional exchange program funded by the U.S. Department of State Office of International Visitors in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs aims to help build mutual understanding between citizens of the U.S. and other countries. The eight judicial participants from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Maldives, and Sri Lanka met with NCJFCJ staff to discuss uniform state laws, legal separation laws, steps of filing for a divorce, pregnancy and divorce, alimony, child support, adoption of spouse’s child, paternity cases, same sex marriage laws, child custody, fault vs. no fault divorce, child sex trafficking, domestic violence, pre and post-nuptial agreements, community property and joint earnings, juvenile delinquents, foster care, termination of parent rights, and the structure and practices of the courts that hear these cases. The discussion was in-depth and the staff at NCJFCJ welcomed the opportunity to meet with the international visitors.