There is a national crisis for women and their children in the family law courts of this country. Affirmed by experts and leaders in the women’s movement, the existence of this crisis is verified by women in every state who report injustice in their family law cases, especially battered mothers trying to protect their children from abusive fathers who aggressively litigate against them, using family court to stalk, harass, punish, and impoverish their former partners and children. NOW recognizes this crisis for women and their children and seeks to address discrimination against women in family courts.
Recognizing that mothers’ rights in family law courts are regularly violated, and that stopping that must be a priority of the feminist movement, we must have strategies for effecting change in this area. By organizing ourselves into groups we can have a greater impact on the problem. We can bring attention to the details of the problem, call for change through legislation, demand that our elected officials and politicians recognize this problem and step up to do something about it, and organize with other mothers and concerned citizens to protest the treatment of women in the courts.