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In recent denials, the lawsuit claims, federal immigration authorities have said family courts aren’t considered juvenile courts when establishing eligibility for immigrants aged 18, 19 and 20. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Lawsuit Claims Some Young Immigrants Treated Unfairly Under New Policy," 7 June 2018 The 2000 case was taken up by Vice President Al Gore, the Democratic candidate for president that year, who publicly declared his support of Elian to stay in the country while the lawsuit wound through family court. Washington Post, "Alan Diaz, news photographer who captured Elian Gonzalez’s saga, dies at 71," 3 July 2018 Practically, finding adequate translation services for indigenous families is often difficult and leaves them with few avenues to access social services or interact in family court, often represented by someone who doesn’t speak the same language. Rory Taylor, Teen Vogue, "The Current Border Crisis Feels All Too Familiar for Indigenous Peoples in the United States," 12 July 2018 Since the early 1990s, juvenile courts across the state have been merging with family courts — which generally handle internal family issues such as divorce, custody and domestic violence. Adiel Kaplan, miamiherald, "She struck down gay adoption ban and handled notorious juvenile cases. Now she's retiring.," 3 July 2018 Additionally, family court handles the domestic violence docket, which involves abuse victims. Nick Hollkamp, The Courier-Journal, "Voters guide: Candidates for family court and district judges," 16 May 2018 That applies when the Public Defender can't secure a private attorney, and for lawyers who represent children's interests in family court, or people facing involuntary civil commitment for mental treatment. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Supreme Court urged to force Legislature's hand on defense lawyer pay," 16 May 2018 In this city with a deep and proud relationship with football, a custody dispute has pushed the debate about the sport’s safety into a new arena: family court. Ken Belson, New York Times, "Football’s Brain Injury Crisis Lands in Family Court," 5 Mar. 2018 And while the matter wends its way through family court, Johnny has primary custody of the boys. Jon Wertheim,, "Johnny Bench Is Already a Hall-of-Famer, But He's Looking For a New Distinction," 5 July 2018

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1917, in the meaning defined above

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: a court that has jurisdiction and often advisory powers over domestic disputes involving the rights and duties of husband, wife, parent, or child especially in matters affecting the support, custody, and welfare of children — compare juvenile court

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