The rising demand for better ways to resolve disputes in high conflict families

Divorce and family law matters are significant factors in the lives of parents, children and families. The impact of the significant changes that can occur when one of us is involved in a divorce or family law case is compelling. Whether of means or struggling to make ends meet, we are all affected when families change. The experience of uniting or dividing families can be a serious factor in the development and future relationships of children involved in divorce and family law cases. Not only are the children affected, their parents may again find love and marriage, or they may become bitter and jaded. Setting aside the emotional toll, the financial consequences of dividing a family can impact the future, and when the conflict is never resolved the attorney’s bills keep coming.

To better support families seeking dispute resolution alternatives, professionals in the many disciplines that work with family courts found a way to collectively meet and share information about methods and policies that promote families addressing conflict and finding resolution on their own instead of being dictated resolution by the courts.

Introducing the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)

Founded in 1963, the AFCC is an association of professionals dedicated to the resolution of family conflict without tearing people limb from limb and bankrupting them in the process. Dedicated to a better way of serving families, the lawyers, financial and mental health professionals work together in the pursuit of alternative dispute resolution, in and out of courtrooms.

AFCC chapters in several states, including the Texas, are well-organized hubs of information and resources for members learning new methods and practices in alternative dispute resolution. The professionals who work in industries involving family law can learn from the collaboration among practitioners who share information as thought leaders working in furtherance of the mission of the AFCC.

The AFCC mission: “AFCC is an interdisciplinary, international association of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through the resolution of family conflict. AFCC promotes a collaborative approach to serving the needs of children among those who work in and with family law systems, encouraging education, research and innovation and identifying best practices.[i]

Learn more about the AFCC and the Texas Chapter by exploring the Texas Chapter AFCC website and the library of blog articles and resources organized for the benefit of not only the professionals and members of the Texas Chapter, but also the men and women who want a better alternative to traditional divorce and family litigation.

About us: The Texas Chapter of AFCC is an interdisciplinary association of family law judges, attorneys, mediators, evaluators, court administrators, financial planners, and mental health professionals, working in collaboration to further ideas and issues to help resolve family conflict and protect the interests of families and children.

When needing to change the aspects and effects of the adversarial family litigation system by challenging convention and providing opportunities for interdisciplinary communications and training, Texan professionals who work in family law turn to the Texas Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts for the information and resources necessary to change the lives of their clients and colleagues for better. Men, women and children who embrace alternative dispute resolution and want to take their divorce and family law matters in a different direction are encouraged to seek out Texas Chapter AFCC professionals to learn more.

To make contact with a Texas Chapter AFCC professional, please contact communications coordinator, Nick Augustine at (940) 498-2863 or by using the Contact Us page on the Texas Chapter AFCC website. Do not forget to keep up with news and events by engaging with the Texas Chapter social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter.

[i] The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Mission, Vision and Values.

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