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Prof. Andrew Schepard Publishes Co-Authored Article on Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families in Family Court Review

Andrew Schepard, Max Schmertz Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Children, Families and the Law

The article “The Family Law Bar, the Interdisciplinary Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Parents, and the ‘Spark to Kindle the White Flame of Progress,’ ” co-authored by Andrew Schepard, the senior associate dean for academic affairs and Max Schmertz Distinguished Professor of Law (with Marsha Kline Pruett and Rebecca Love Kourlis), has been published online in the Family Court Review and will be published in FCR’s print edition this month (55 Fam. Ct. Rev. 84 [2017]).

Abstract

“The Interdisciplinary Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families at the University of Denver described in the Honoring Families Initiative’s Family Law Bar Report provides a suite of holistic services tailored to the individual needs of families with children. Services provided include assessment and service planning, legal education, dispute resolution (mediation), agreement and order drafting, therapeutic services, and financial planning. As established by a rigorous empirical evaluation, parents and children appreciate and benefit from these coordinated, holistic services. The Center experience gives evidence of the value of interdisciplinary collaboration. It is our hope that the Family Law Bar will be inspired to promote the development of Centers throughout the country and promote changes in legal regulation and education to facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations for the benefit of separating and divorcing families.”

The article is part of a special issue of FCR with papers arising from the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System’s Honoring Families Initiative’s Family Law Summit. A similar summit for the New York Family Law Bar will be held on March 10, 2017, at Hofstra. Professor J. Herbie Di Fonzo is the Reporter for the March summit.

The Center for Children, Families and the Law sponsors an Interdisciplinary Center for Separating and Divorcing Families with goals similar to those of the University of Denver Center.

 

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