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Improving Family Law

Family law plays a vital role in the balance of the public. It governs the most basic unit of our society, the family.

In the advancing world that we live in, the perfect family is becoming uncommon. A lot end up in divorce. Every year, there are about 75,000 people who resort to divorce in fixing their marriages. Quite a number, you think? This statistics is only in Texas alone.

Also, note that 40 to 50 percent of first-time marriages end up in divorce. Looks like a pretty tough job for the Family Court, right? Thousands of divorce papers, emotionally unstable parties, and the kids who are hurting most especially; this is the daily scenario of our Family Courts. Everyday, lawyers, judges, psychologists, social workers and even our police force work hand in hand to solve conflicts in our families.

Nevertheless, our Family Law practitioners believe in one thing: the system is broken. The Family Court needs to be fixed and still a lot of people want to fix it. 

I have encountered a lot of cases, not just in Texas, but in different countries as well, of the failing system in our Family Law today; it fails not the parents but our children.

I am not saying that we need to step up against divorce because it ruins our family, divorce actually helps in the symmetry of our system, but, I am saying this to step up for the better performance of our Family court.

Being underfunded and with the “more jobs, lesser attention” that we are practicing is what makes the courts inefficient. As what Bill Eddy, an attorney and therapist, has said about high conflict family law cases, Family Courts need more training, time, and money for their services. Issues such as mental health problems, especially in high conflict cases, needs to be addressed properly, soon.

Divorce and other family problems have become a regular part of the American life.

It must be the familiarity of it that has made the people, the law practitioners, and the courts underestimate the problems which are yet to come regarding family law.

As ordinary as it may seem, these cases must be given as much detailed attention as our high-value cases. More research much be done. More support should be given.

We do not want our Family Courts broken because it governs the fundamental unit of our society. Many have come a long way to fix it now and they have done a good job. Perhaps, it’s your time now.

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Mr. Hutton is a Divorce and Custody Lawyer based out of Round Rock, TX. His background is with child psychology at Arizona State University where he received a B.S. in 2006, and he continued this by working with the Children’s Right’s Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law where he received his J.D. in 2009. Throughout his practice, he has been a strong proponent of utilizing modern technology to improve his practice and the representation of his clients. He currently is the technology chair of CAFA of Travis County and is committed to improving and modernizing the practice of law in Texas. If you have any questions you can contact him at

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