The content and links below contain helpful information about working through family issues, understanding the Family Court, and preparing for mediation. The better prepared you are, the better (and less expensive-both emotionally and financially) the outcome. Please feel free to suggest additional sites for our list.
Up To Parents Collection
A View from the Bench
Justice Harvey Brownstone is a Family Court judge and the author of Tug of War: A Judge’s Verdict on Separation, Custody Battles and the Bitter Realities of Family Court. Click here to see a 16 minute video clip of TV interview with him on parenting issues. He speaks about his experience issues in Canada, the core issues are the same in the US–and our single parenting rate and the number of cases is even higher in America.
Spare the Child
This a conversational-style video that features judges, lawyers, guardians ad litem, counselors, teachers, and children of divorce relating their experiences and observations to guide families involved in the family court process. It is a project of the Virginia State Bar Family Law Section through a generous grant from the Virginia Law Foundation.
Tennessee Courts Self Help Center
The Self-Help Center information provides links to other websites with information about parenting plans, mediation, child support, domestic violence, and the family court system. We do not control nor are able to endorse the content of these third party sites.
Justice for All Website
As part of the Supreme Court's Access to Justice initiative, the Court has launched a website with forms, information and other resources for people who need legal assistance and attorneys and community members who wish to volunteer and help their fellow citizens. visit JusticeForAllTN.com.
The Court realizes that sometimes people cannot get help from a lawyer because they cannot afford one or they decide they want to represent themselves. Because of this, the Court created this website. Most of the information on this website is for people who cannot afford a lawyer and need legal help in civil cases (cases that do not have to do with a crime).
Domestic Violence Information
- Phone: 931-456-0747; TTY: 931-337-5824; Fax: 931-787-1057
- CRISIS LINE: 1-800-641-3434; OUT OF TOWN 800 NUMBER: 877-296-0199
- Crisis Line 865-988-7867
- Toll-Free 866-239-0871
- Office is 865-816-3481
- Use the 24-Hour Hotline - 865-982-1087 to contact a client advocate confidentially about your situation and how to get the resources you need.
- Haven House provides safe refuge to women and children fleeing a violent situation at the Emergency Safehouse - 865-982-1087.
- Haven House can accompany you to court for orders of protection and advocate on your behalf and can assist in filing an order of protection through Court Advocacy - 865-982-1087.
- Haven House can provide training on domestic violence issues to your group, employees, church, etc.Community Education - 865-983-6818.
The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts is an interdisciplinary and international association of professionals dedicated to the resolution of family conflict. AFCC members include the leading practitioners, researchers, teachers and policymakers in the family court arena.
AFCC Pamphlets for Parents
Family Support Services
Family support services promote healthy development by helping parents to enhance their strengths and resolve problems that can lead to child maltreatment, developmental delays, and family disruption. Services include peer support and counseling, early developmental screening, parent education, early childhood development, child care and respite care, home visits, family resource centers, school-linked services, recreation, and job or skills education or training. Programs may address the general population or be targeted to ethnic/cultural minorities, families facing health, mental health, or substance abuse issues, adolescent parents, or kinship caregivers.
- Introduction to family support
- Planning & implementing family support programs
- Parent support groups
- Early developmental screening
- Parent education
- Early childhood programs
- Childcare & respite care services
- Home visiting
- Family resource centers
- School-linked services
- Referral & linkage to resources
- Education & job skill development
- Specialized services for young parents
- Specialized services for kinship caregivers
- State and local examples
- Effectiveness of family support services