About the AFCC and how family law industry professionals support its mission

In response to the family law consumer demand for new and better alternatives to traditional divorce and family litigation, The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) has grown to rise as a thought leading organization focused on positives change. The AFCC is an international organization comprised of members from many professional disciplines, including law, finance and mental health. Active AFCC members are change agents, they are the leading practitioners, researchers and policymakers in divorce and family law. Members of individual state chapters, such as the Texas Chapter of the AFCC, are the association and one another’s valuable resources in sharing information, experiences and collectively searching for new ways to improve the quality of care and service for the men, women and families experiencing the family law system, those who want options in addition to traditional litigation.

How AFCC members work collaboratively with one another to create new solutions

AFCC members are similar to members of a think tank, and when one of the member practitioners has a unique challenge, they can and do reach out to other members with their own unique experiences, and through the exchange of diverse information, great things happen. For example, a family law attorney may have a client with a high profile career and a complex life and living situation. Is it right that the client receives less parenting time because their schedule is difficult or unpredictable? How can the attorney advocate for equal parenting time when the client’s career presents unique challenges? By talking to other members of the AFCC network, there may be another family law industry professional, and not necessarily an attorney, who may have experienced a very similar, yet unique set of circumstances. Members can offer their experiences and suggest what others have done and what results were experienced.

The AFCC story is one of historic innovation and positive change

Ingenuity among bright professionals is a constant and driving force among AFCC members, for nearly half a century. When family industry professionals from different disciplines suggest there are better ways to accomplish goals, some people tell them know and others, like AFCC members say, “tell me more about your ideas.” Family law is dynamic and as the world around us changes, so changes the systems involved in family law. Methods of dispute resolution and law practice do not change on their own without smart and dedicated people pushing for reform and improvement.

AFCC members worked diligently and with much debate and discussion to develop Practice Guidelines and Standards for divorce and family mediation, parenting coordination, child custody evaluation, and other elements of family cases such as focused assessments and court-appointed therapists. Positive changes in the practice of family law are introduced in courts and legal communities from coast to coast and overseas.

Task forces and special projects are commenced, reported and revisited as AFCC members face challenges and know there are more solutions in a such a diverse population of professionals who continue to search for new and better solutions to the challenges facing families in transition.

The Family Court Review journal and collaborative leadership are improving practice and policy

The AFCC quarterly journal is the Family Court Review (FCR), the leading interdisciplinary family law journal. Popular FCR topics include domestic violence, child development and attachment, parental alienation, unified family courts and child welfare mediation.

Another feature of AFCC is the commitment to reform and training in family law practice and policies. The AFCC Center for Excellence in Family Court Practice addresses case management, domestic violence, family law education in collaboration with leaders of nationwide supporting partners addressing similar family court practice issues.

When professionals from the variety of disciplines that interact with family law practice share information and ideas, new and better results can change the way many of us perceive family court practice. These problem solving initiatives can improve the lives of people in complex and high conflict families.

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.


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