The prevalence of divorce and domestic violence brings Americans before family courts in unprecedented numbers. Courts are overwhelmed by this flood of litigation and are seeking new ways to resolve these conflicts. Custody awards are made against a shifting background of feminist politics and reactionary backlash. In an effort to provide NAWJ judges with perspective on the shared difficulties of awarding (joint) custody, the Panel on Domestic Violence and Custody convened legal and mental health professionals to discuss the related issues of joint custody, mediation, and domestic violence.
Panel: Domestic Violence and Custody - "To Ensure Domestic Tranquility", 14 Golden Gate U. L. Rev.