The 280th Family Violence Court hears divorce, custody and protective order cases involving family violence. The legislature enacted the 280th in 2009, from a cvil district court, to a dedicated family violence court.
Family violence impacts every aspect of a divorce or custody suit, from who gets custody to a fair and just division of property. The 280th court needs a judge who has extensive background in family law and family violence. This Court needs a judge who has tried all kinds of divorce and custody matters, not only to a judge but jury trials too.
Use existing technology to make the court a safer and more efficient court
Have knowledgeable bilingual staff to assist litigants and attorneys
Provide basic information to litigants about the court process and to make the court a model court for all litigants.
Work with law enforcement and other stakeholders to implement a firearm surrender program in family violence cases (where appropriate).