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The New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

Welcome to NJ-AFCC


The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts is both an international and interdisciplinary professional association dedicated to the constructive resolution of family disputes. AFCC membership is open to all professionals who work with families in conflict. This includes judges, lawyers, mediators, psychologists, social workers, other mental health professionals, child custody evaluators, parent educators, court administrators, researchers, and academics.

NJ-AFCC has been approved by the AFCC Executive Committee as a State Chapter of AFCC, and received its charter as a State Chapter on March 18, 2002.

Mission Statement

To facilitate inter-professional communication and collaboration in order to reveal, understand, and educate about the dynamics of the relationships that comprise the legal process by which families are reorganized in divorce, crisis and conflict, such that divorce becomes an opportunity for personal growth, closure, and healing, and maximizes the best interests of children.



Proposed activities to achieve NJ-AFCC goals

1. Improve communication between Judges, Attorneys, Psychologists, Mental Health Workers and the court system.

2. Develop alternate dispute resolution approaches in New Jersey regarding custody/parenting time.

3. Improve the education of Judges, Attorneys, Mental Health Workers and the general court system regarding custody issues and effect of the system on the people involved.

4. Develop programs to help children and parents reduce the stress of custody proceedings.

5. Bring successful ideas/alternative models from other states and countries regarding resolution of custody cases into New Jersey.

6. Develop the legislative agenda necessary to implement the above goals.

Information available on the NJ-AFCC website:

  • Family First Aid (.pdf) - Evaluation and Settlement Based Approaches for Families in Conflict
  • NJ Rules of Court - The Rules of Court were amended, effective April 5, 1999, in response to the recommendations of the New Jersey Supreme Court - Special Committee on Matrimonial Litigation
  • Membership Information - Online registration is not yet an option, but you can print out a membership application form to join NJ-AFCC.
  • Meetings - Meeting times and locations are posted here online.
  • Committees - List of Committees and chairs. Members may contact a committee chair to join a committee.
  • Directions to ICLE - Directions to the New Jersey Institute for Legal Education.
  • Links to Other Sites - Descriptions of other sites on the Internet with information relevant to the goals of NJ-AFCC, with links to the sites.

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