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Recent Examples on the Web This is particularly problematic because child-removal cases play out in family court, where the state’s burden of proof is low and parents have limited legal rights. Stephanie Clifford, The Atlantic, "When the Misdiagnosis Is Child Abuse," 20 Aug. 2020 Meanwhile, family court is or was closed for all non-emergency hearings in many states, slowing down adoption and family reunification, and leaving many stuck. Kate Cray, The Atlantic, "How Do You Find a Home for a Foster Child at a Time Like This?," 11 Oct. 2020 On the campaign trail, D’Souza, 66, said the family court itself was the product of her own lobbying effort, inspired by her representation of abuse victims at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services. Ramon Antonio Vargas | Staff Writer,, "In Civil District Court, 3 incumbents survive challenges; Judge Chris Bruno is out," 3 Nov. 2020 Green, however, testified in family court that her grandsons were lying. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Wayne County judge accused of hiding evidence her son abused her grandsons," 10 Nov. 2020 Since Laux has spent so much time with CASA, judges respect her perspective, and Laux has been able to influence the lives of children in the foster care and family court systems. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, "Evelyn Laux has 'never done much I didn’t want to do' as an advocate and volunteer," 8 Nov. 2020 Judge Bernadette D’Souza parried a challenge from LaKeisha Jefferson for her Domestic Section 1 seat, which is in a dedicated family court that oversees protective orders, child support cases, custody disputes and related matter. Ramon Antonio Vargas | Staff Writer,, "In Civil District Court, 3 incumbents survive challenges; Judge Chris Bruno is out," 3 Nov. 2020 Topics included federal domestic violence policy, addressing domestic violence in family court cases, responding effectively to intimate partner violence and understanding the needs of children exposed to such behavior. Peggy O’hare,, "‘Alarming numbers’ — Spurs guard Patty Mills helps raise awareness of domestic violence in San Antonio," 29 Oct. 2020 Goodwin had 50% of the vote, compared with 26% for incumbent Judge Ellie Kerstetter, who was appointed in January to fill Deweese's vacancy; and 23% for Daren Neel, a family court prosecutor with the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "Self-described Christian conservative wins seat on Kentucky Supreme Court," 4 Nov. 2020

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1917, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jan 2021

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“Family court.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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Legal Definition of family court

: 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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