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

There are three web­sites we rec­om­mend to all par­ents raising children in separate homes, especially those  in high-con­flict and dif­fi­cult fam­ily tran­si­tions. They pro­vide pow­er­ful and free tools for focus­ing on the needs of the chil­dren and reduc­ing the pain con­flict causes. Work­ing through the exer­cises can improve the abil­ity to suc­ceed in medi­at­ing a pos­i­tive and last­ing agree­ment. Divorc­ing and divorced par­ents can find help at Par­ents never mar­ried to each other can find help at Par­ents intend­ing to stay mar­ried but wish­ing to remem­ber their children’s needs as they work through mar­i­tal prob­lems can be helped by

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.

Child Dependency & Neglect Handbook for Parents & Guardians
Divorce Forms
Mediation Information
Parenting Plan Information

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

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

Grandville_150The Avalon Center in Crossville, Tennessee is an important community resource providing comprehensive services to those affected by domestic and sexual violence. It serves  5 counties including Bledsoe, Cumberland, Fentress, Morgan, and Van Buren. In 2002 our name changed from Battered Women, Inc. to Avalon Center in order to reflect the broad spectrum of services we now provide.
  •  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
IVAS Crisis Center for Women in Lenoir City, Tennessee provides comprehensive free services to women and women with dependent children in crisis. Their programs provide immediate access to shelter, clothing, food, medical and counseling services to women victims of domestic violence and their children.
  • Crisis Line 865-988-7867
  • Toll-Free 866-239-0871
  • Office is 865-816-3481
Knoxville YWCA advocates provide comprehensive victim support, including safety planning and crisis intervention, education on victim’s rights and victim compensation, navigation of the justice system, accompaniment to court, referrals for and assistance accessing essential services, referrals to support group, and follow-up services. The YWCA offers support groups in English and Spanish to women who have experienced domestic violence and female family members. Although every domestic violence situation is different, victims/survivors may find it beneficial to talk about their feelings with others who are going through similar experiences. Led by trained facilitators, confidential support groups meet weekly and address a variety of issues related to domestic violence in a caring, nurturing environment. Haven House in Alcoa, Tennessee  provides services free of charge  to victims of domestic violence.
  • 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 Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence is a private nonprofit organization composed of diverse community leaders and program members who share a common vision of ending violence in the lives of Tennesseans through public policy, advocacy, education and activities that increase the capacity of programs and communities to address violence. National Coalition Against Domestic Violence National Network to End Domestic Violence

The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

afcc_Logo 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.

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.