Towards Justice for Parents in Child Support Courts: Report & Findings

Her Justice is committed to ensuring that the system through which parents obtain child support produces the most favorable outcomes for women like our clients, through processes that are as equitable, empowering, and as efficient as possible. Her Justice knows that going to court for child support can be complicated, and for complex cases, without a lawyer, parents come up short – yet, 90% of parents in child support cases appear unrepresented. To us, this is a critical justice issue that greatly impacts women living in poverty like our clients, yet it is a problem that is invisible to many.

In partnership with the New York Community Trust, Her Justice has launched Phase II of the Towards Justice for Parents in Child Support Courts project. Her Justice is now working to advance policy reform so that the system through which parents obtain child support produces the most favorable outcomes for women like our clients through processes that are as equitable, empowering, and as efficient as possible.

This second phase is informed by a 2-year court-watching project conducted by Her Justice, in consultation with the Fund for Modern Courts, in which 89 trained volunteers observed 797 child support case appearances in the New York City Family Courts. Read our report Towards Justice for Parents in Child Support Courts on the findings from this project and recommendations drawn from it. See key findings below or click here to explore additional data from the project.

 

Key Project Findings:

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