Family Law

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Grassroots advocacy and support organization for mothers of abused children who have lost (or are fighting not to lose) custody of their children to an abusive partner or to foster care. Website has information, links, other resources. Ther is also a Facebook page at

  • 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.

  • A non-profit association and support website for mothers without custody. Lots of info, discussion boards, and links to other resources and local chapters.

  • 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.

  • Organization based in Michigan; focuses in particular on cases in the family court system where domestic violence has been a factor.

  • Provides legal assistance and other support to women involved in custody cases where PAS (“Parental Alienation Syndrome”) claims are used against them.

  • 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.

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