When first established in 1999, family courts followed many recommendations from the 1996 Report, Without Favor, Denial or Delay
, in order to create a "forum that resolves family related issues in a manner that respects the rights of each individual family member, promotes the best interest of the family and helps families structure their own solutions." Since that time, family courts have become essential to the way district courts resolve domestic and juvenile legal issues.
In collaboration with the court community, family court judges and family court staff endeavor to efficiently process each case toward resolution by applying best practices in case management principles, such as assignment of one judge to one family for all issues before the court, continuous calendaring and limiting continuances. As a result, family courts are able to offer families more timely, consistent and thoughtful outcomes to their legal issues.
Keep in mind, each County Family Court may have a Domestic Case Coordinator, Juvenile Case Coordinator, Child Access Coordinator and a
Custody Mediator. If you have a case, please contact your County Family Court.