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37 Clearinghouse Rev. 1 (2003-2004)

handle is hein.journals/clear37 and id is 1 raw text is: Salute to P. Sargent Shriver ......... Inside Front Cover
Breaking the Cycle of Defeat for Deadbroke
Noncustodial Parents Through Advocacy on
Child Support Issues......................            5
By Daniel L. Hatcher and Hannah Lieberman
Low-income noncustodial parents face employment and economic
barriers that are caused by federal and state child support policies
and local practices. Maryland's Legal Aid Bureau launched a project
to tackle these barriers and has developed successful advocacy
responses to their clients' recurrent problems.
Mental Illness and Domestic Violence: Implications
for Family Law Litigation ....................... 23
By Denice Wolf Markham
Experts find that a large percentage of battered women have signifi-
PAGE 5    cant mental health issues. Prejudice in family courts regarding men-
tal health conditions can cost these women custody of their chil-
dren. However, lawyers representing battered women can effective-
ly raise the issue of mental illness and use mental health treatment
evidence in ways that mitigate the stigma, potentially help the client
prove her case, and over time erode the prejudice.
Opening a Door to Help: Legal Services Programs'
Key Role in Representing Battered Immigrant
Women and Children ......................... 36
By Leslye Orloff, Amanda Baran, Laura A. Martinez-
McIntosh, and Jennifer Rose
Civil orders of protection are an important tool in thwarting domes-
tic violence, but most victims, especially immigrants, need legal rep-
resentation to ensure meaningful access to this tool. Programs fund-
ed by the Legal Services Corporation are prohibited from represent-
ing many immigrants, but the Kennedy Amendment exempts many
battered immigrant women and children from this restriction. Under
the amendment, such funded programs may represent otherwise-
PAGE 23   ineligible immigrant women and children on a wide range of mat-
ters, provided that the service is directly related to the abuse.
© 2003 by National Center on Poverty Law
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