Children & Family Law

Other ABA Resources:

ABA Child Custody & Adoption Pro Bono Project

ABA Family Law Section

ABA Center on Children & the Law

ABA Commission on Youth at Risk

ABA Division for Public Education: Child Custody & Support

A Judges’ Guide: Making Child-Centered Decisions in Custody Cases

ABA Policy

Urging Congress to provide that removal of a child from a custodial parent in violation of a court decree is an extraditable act.
Urging Congress to require state courts to accord full faith and credit to child custody and visitation decrees.
Supporting efforts to combat the incidence, causes and effects of family violence and the implementation of programs to protect the victims of family violence.
Recommendations for implementation of the policy adopted in February, 1978, supporting efforts to combat family violence.
Urging approval and ratification of the Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction as proposed by the Hague Conference on Private International
Urging members of the legal profession to respond to the needs of children by directing attention to issues affecting children, including guardian ad litem programs.
Urging that the Federal government have jurisdiction to resolve the issue of conflicting state claims concerning child custody disputes based on PKPA.
Supporting the concept of “family support” and recommending amendments to Internal Revenue Code and Child Support Enforcement Act
Urging states to adopt the Model Joint Custody Statute making joint custody an explicit option for families which have experienced separation or divorce.
Supporting further development of state law in accordance with specified Guidelines.
Urging states to meet the full intent of the Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, and to develop Standards of Practice for guardians ad litem in custody and neglect proceedings.
Opposing legislation restricting discovery of mental health professionals' records in family law cases.
Supporting implementation of Unified Family Courts, with specified recommendations.
Recommending the establishment of a national computerized child custody registry.
No denial of insurance benefits on the basis of the applicant's status as a victim of domestic violence.
Custody and visitation should not be denied or restricted on the basis of sexual orientation.
Adopting “Standards of Practice for Representing a Child in Abuse and Neglect Cases”.
Supporting initiatives that seek to promote and preserve health relationships between children and their parents in correctional custody.
Supporting implementation of the “full faith and credit” mandate of VAWA 1994, with specified recommendations.
Urging the Senate to ratify the Hague Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect to Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children.
Supporting efforts to removed jurisdictional immunity of international organizations in family law cases involving their employees.
Urging the funding and reauthorization of the Family Unity Demonstration Project of the Violent Crime Control & Law Enforcement Act of 1994.
Encouraging the enactment of legislation requiring courts to consider safety risks to victims of DV and their children when drafting orders containing visitation and visitation exchange provisions.
Approving the “Model Standards of Practice for Family and Divorce Mediation”.
Approving the 2001 amendments to the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.
Adopting “Standards of Practice for Lawyers Representing Children in Custody Cases”.