Military Families

Military Families

Many overseas conflicts in the last decade have placed substantial stressors on members of our Armed Services and their families. Multiple, extended deployments are common and create challenges to family stability and reintegration for those in the military. Juvenile and family courts often deal with the outcomes associated with these stressors and challenges in the form of cases involving domestic violence, abuse and neglect, custody, and child support. In hearing these cases, juvenile and family courts might be faced with navigating both civilian and military systems, as well as having to appropriately consider factors such as the neurobiological consequences of combat.

The NCJFCJ, guided by the Military Issues Committee and a 2011 resolution by our Board of Trustees, is committed to developing and providing resources for judges and other court professionals to effectively navigate and address the unique issues facing members of our military and their families that touch the courts.

 

National Resource Center on Military-Connected Families and the Courts

 

The NCJFCJ's National Resource Center on Military-Connected Families and the Courts is designed to be a resource for judicial officers and others working in courts with military-connected families in cases involving family violence, protection orders, divorce, child custody, child support, child abuse and neglect, and juvenile delinquency. The primary focus for the resource center is on active duty military members and their families with cases in the juvenile and family court system. Resources regarding military veterans, National Guard and reserve members are not the focus of the center at this time, but may be included as they are pertinent to certain topics. Click here to visit the Resource Center.