FJI Landscape Report, Principles, and Pathways

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FJI Landscape Report 

Family case types including divorce, separation, and cases allocating parental responsibility (e.g., child support, custody/visitation) have some important characteristics that distinguish them from other types of cases filed in state courts. Many issues in family cases are ongoing, changing even while the case is pending. The issues are also forward looking, requiring a court to assess past events for purposes of shaping future behaviors and relationships. This first-of-its-kind report presents a well-rounded examination of litigation in family court cases, involving three separate levels of analysis: case-level, court procedures and operations, and community characteristics.

FJI Principles and Pathways 

A resolution was passed by the Courts, Children, and Families Committee at the Conference of Chief Justices 2019 Midyear Meeting on February 13, 2019 supporting the Family Justice Initiative Principles.

At the heart of the 13 Principles for Family Justice Reform is a shift to a domestic relations case processing approach that emphasizes problem solving and cooperation between parties, especially where children are involved. The FJI Principles establish a triage pathway system that matches cases and parties to appropriate resources and services both within and outside the court, supports increased information for self- represented litigants and robust training for stakeholders.