Nancy Ver Steegh wins the 2020 Stanley Cohen Distinguished Research Award at the National AFCC Annual Meeting on May 28, 2020

Nancy Ver Steegh, a family law professor at Mitchell Hamline Law School, former National President of the AFCC and strong Minnesota Chapter supporter was awarded the Stanley Cohen Distinguished Research Award yesterday for her decades of scholarship in the area of family law. Congratulations Nancy! Ver Steegh is an expert on addressing intimate family violence Read more…

We Got This: How Hennepin County Family Court Services Is Meeting the Challenge in the Time of COVID

Like every other agency, Hennepin County Family Court Services regular routine and structure were altered considerably with the onset of COVID-19. Within a matter of days, calendars for both staff and families which had been set, sometimes months in advance, were suddenly wiped clear. In person services across the board were suspended, and serious questions Read more…

That’s Not What I Meant To Say: Understanding Your Role and Responsibility in Effective Communication

We know all too well how parents’ communications go poorly when the parties are in conflict and litigation, especially when kids must stay home from school while parents are either working from home or not working at all.  But what about when professionals’ communications go poorly as well? We are going to look at how attorneys/professionals Read more…

COVID-19 Family Court Recovery Plans

We have posted on our resource page under COVID-19 Resources, communications from Dakota County, Hennepin County and Ramsey County Courts about how each district is planning on operating in the near future as the courts move to reopen.  If you have cases in those courts, it will be helpful to review them.  In Ramsey County Read more…

Coercive Control During COVID-19

The Battered Women’s Justice Project has produced a short, insightful video discussing the dynamics of coercive control during the Pandemic.  This video is important to view if you have or suspect that there are coercive control dynamics occurring in a case you are handling.  This is important for mental health providers, ADR providers, lawyers and Read more…

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