Family Law

  • Educates advocates and victims on issues such as budgeting, identity theft, banking, predatory lending, violence in the workplace, housing, and credit, all of which play a role in ending domestic violence. Has an excellent publication called “Hope and Power: For Your Personal Finances,” written to help women regain control over their finances after leaving an abusive relationship. Available for free online at http://shop.ncadv.org/publications.
  • Deals with child abuse issues. Helpline provides legal assistance, referrals, public policy monitoring, technical assistance to protective parties, referrals, courtwatch information and public education. Focuses especially in cases where justice system response has fallen short.
  • Public policy and legislative advocacy organization for older and mid-life women. Focuses on health, quality of life, economic security issues. Call for information about events and local chapters.
  • Policy and advocacy to protect and expand pension rights. Direct services provided through “pension counseling system” in some regions of the country. Online “pension help” can be accessed for those states where there is no counseling system, as can referrals to pension lawyers and actuaries. Information and “help-kits” for divorced and widowed women trying to collect pensions. The publication, “Your Pension Rights at Divorce”, can also be ordered for a fee. Also sponsors pension assistance hotlines regionally; check website for further info.
  • Volunteer-based court monitoring & research organization that follows cases of family and sexual violence in the courts and provides feedback about persistent injustices. Works to improve justice system’s response to cases of domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault. Can provide technical assistance and guidance to other programs and provides start-up manual for interested callers. Has list of national grassroots courtwatching groups and organization.
  • Information regarding pensions, social security, divorce and widowhood and long-term healthcare available on website. Can call to request further information or publications.
  • Organization based in Michigan; focuses in particular on cases in the family court system where domestic violence has been a factor.
  • Public policy organization that advocates on behalf of Child Support professionals. Does not provide direct services to parents. Resources on website include list of contact information for state child support enforcement offices.
  • Federal agency that administers state child support enforcement programs. Website has information and contact info for state programs. Individuals must apply for child support through state child support agencies only.
  • Does not provide direct pro bono representation, but works to encourage pro bono custody projects in the US. Created Child Custody Program Directory (available on website), lists organizations across the country that provide pro bono custody services. Resource library with articles and other information also available on site.
  • Information and support website geared toward mothers who are in custody battles and have been victims of domestic violence in the relationship with their children's father, or whose children are victims of family violence either having been abused directly, or indirectly harmed by witnessing violence against their mother. Website has information, stories, and a listserv.
  • Grass-roots organization affiliated with South Palm Beach NOW chapter; dedicated to improving the family court system and to prevent future injustices against children, women and families. Runs CourtWatch Program, promotes awareness of the problems, advocates to change legislation and to hold the judges, lawyers, guardians-ad-litem and psychologists accountable for their actions. Website has suggestions for pro se litigants.