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Feb. 23, 2024

The public family law system deserves equal treatment

Private judges can streamline the process and provide more attention to complex cases. However, they also create a two-tier system of justice, where those who cannot afford private judges are left in an under-resourced and overburdened family law public system.

Lorie S. Nachlis

Certified Family Law Specialist Attorney, Nachlis Cohade Lopez-Whitaker, LLP


The Final Report and Recommendations of the Elkins Family Law Task Force, dated April 2010, begins with a quote from Elkins v. Superior Court (2007) 41 Cal.4th 1337, 1368 [163 P.3d 160]:

“In light of the volume of cases faced by trial courts, we understand their efforts to streamline family law procedures. But family law litigants should not be subjected to second-class s...

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