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Understanding the Unified Family Court

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Understanding the Unified Family Court

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Location: Legislative Chamber, Douglas County Civic Center

A basic concept of Unified Family Courts is that a family justice system must aim to improve the lives of the families and children involved by addressing legal issues in family law cases, such as divorce, custody, child support, domestic violence; as well as juvenile law cases, such as and child abuse, neglect and delinquency. And also addressing the non-legal issues, such as substance abuse, mental health problems, and poverty. The Unified Family Court is a single court system with comprehensive subject-matter jurisdiction over all cases involving children and families. The Center for Families, Children and the Courts at the University of Baltimore School of Law is seen as a national leader in the effort to mitigate the harms of the traditional family justice system, while promoting and refining the Unified Family Court model. The presenters are examining the Nebraska Judicial System which may lead to a Unified Family Court Project in Douglas County.

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