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Child Support When You're Afraid of the Other Parent
Child Support When You're Afraid of the Other Parent
October 31, 2019
Do you want child support but are afraid of how your current or former partner/spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend may react to a child support case? Are you unsure about getting child support and want to know what protections are available from your local child support agency? If you do NOT want child support because of your concerns, do you want to know how to keep a case from being opened or close a...More
Identifying and Reinforcing Resiliency in Children Exposed to Maltreatment and Domestic Violence: Some Initial Considerations
Identifying and Reinforcing Resiliency in Children Exposed to Maltreatment and Domestic Violence: Some Initial Considerations
September 27, 2019
This is the first in a series of technical assistance briefs on resiliency by the Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody, a project of the NCJFCJ. This brief focuses on clarifying and refining the concept of resiliency, provides an overview of the research on this important topic, and offers some initial considerations as courts attempt to further reinforce resiliency...More
20 Facts for Domestic Violence Awareness Month - October 2019
20 Facts for Domestic Violence Awareness Month - October 2019
September 27, 2019
  June 22, 2019, marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of Effective Intervention in Domestic Violence & Child Maltreatment Cases: Guidelines for Policy and Practice aka the Greenbook. For more than 20 years, it has been the policy of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) to encourage child protection services, domestic violence agencies, juvenile courts,...More
10 Things to Know About Parenting Plans in Cases Involving Domestic Violence
10 Things to Know About Parenting Plans in Cases Involving Domestic Violence
September 27, 2019
A main goal of a custody case is to create a parenting plan that meets the family’s needs. If you’re a domestic violence survivor, that plan needs to be safe for you and your children. A knowledgeable lawyer is one of the best sources of help. But many survivors cannot find or afford a lawyer. If you’re on your own, this guide has basic information on parenting plans to help you get started. Laws...More
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Animal Cruelty Issues: What Juvenile and Family Court Judges Need to Know
July 29, 2019
The NCJFCJ and Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) co-hosted the Judicial Responses to Animal Cruelty Issues Convening earlier this year. The Convening included participation from 10 judges from across the U.S.–eight judges who hear juvenile, child abuse or family violence cases, one municipal court judge who hears criminal animal cruelty cases, and one retired state supreme court justice. The...More
CPO Safety Guide
Defining Child-Related Relief in Civil Protection Orders to Enhance Safety
July 18, 2019
Many communities around the country are implementing or considering the use of facilitated settlement processes and other forms of alternative dispute resolution in civil protection order cases, a practice that may be safe and beneficial for victims of domestic violence, but only if important safeguards are established. This document is intended to provide guidance on these safeguards and how to...More
CPO Community Supervision
Supplement to Civil Protection Orders: Community Supervision
May 28, 2019
  In 2010, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) published Civil Protection Orders: A Guide for Improving Practice (CPO Guide), which contains strategies for various disciplines involved in the civil protection order process. This supplement addresses the role of Community Supervision professionals in improving civil protection order practice and provides concrete...More
CPO Court staff administration
Supplement to Civil Protection Orders: Court Staff/Court Administration
May 28, 2019
In 2010, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) published Civil Protection Orders: A Guide for Improving Practice (CPO Guide), which contains strategies for various disciplines involved in the civil protection order process. This supplement addresses the role of Court Staff and Court Administration in improving civil protection order practice and provides concrete...More
Custody Mediation and Domestic Violence: A Resource Guide for Mediators
Custody Mediation and Domestic Violence: A Resource Guide for Mediators
March 6, 2019
  Mediation is widely used in the area of family law, where custody mediation is often mandated by statute or ordered by the court. According to statistics collected by the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS), approximately 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men experience contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner and report an intimate...More
How to Navigate Custody Mediation in Cases Involving Domestic Violence
How to Navigate Custody Mediation in Cases Involving Domestic Violence
March 6, 2019
If you are a domestic violence survivor and have been ordered or referred to mediation for your custody case, this guide can provide you with some basic information. A lawyer who understands domestic violence and mediation practice in your area would be most helpful. But many survivors cannot find or afford lawyers to represent them. For this reason, we created this guide for self-represented...More

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