The National Family Court Watch Project is a research organization. The resources below may be helpful as you navigate family court. The National Family Court Watch Project does not provide legal advice, nor are we attorneys. The best way to protect your family and property is to hire a competent attorney who understands families’ unique issues when separating, dealing with family violence, and child custody. For those who are unable to hire representation check your state self-help site. For example, Michigan’s is https://michiganlegalhelp.org/.
Expressing the sense of Congress that child safety is the first priority of custody and visitation adjudications, and that State courts should improve adjudications of custody where family violence is alleged.
COURT GUIDE: Journalists, or anyone else trying to navigate the intricacies of observing court proceedings, now have an instruction manual. The Supreme Court on Thursday released their guide which includes such things as a list of courts in the state, what parts of court proceedings and documents might be closed, and how ethics rules affect attorneys’ and judges’ discussions with the media and the public.