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Enduring women-protective legislation moves toward reauthorization

On Behalf of | Apr 9, 2019 | Family Law |

A deep and empathetic legal team of attorneys knows well from on-point experience that the universe of potentially relevant matters in the family law universe is both vast and varied.


A relevant practice page on our website at the tenured New Haven law firm of Berdon, Young & Margolis amply underscores that. It notes the required advocacy of proven and compassionate legal counsel in areas ranging from divorce, property division and child custody to spousal maintenance, marital contract drafting, tax-linked counsel and additional concerns.

A special focus on one key federal law in news accounts from Connecticut and across the country last week underscores one other family-centric concern that can also loom large in family law representation.

That is this: domestic violence.

Notably, federal legislation termed the Violence Against Women Act was prominently spotlighted last week in the U.S. Congress. That law has a renewal mandate that requires its reauthorization every few years. The act had no difficulty garnering approval in the House of Representatives for the fourth time since its enactment back in 1994. It will likely secure the same outcome when it shortly comes up for a vote in the Senate.

One prominent media source delves into the act’s history in some detail. In doing so, it notes that the law “was designed to protect victims of domestic crimes and reduce the stigma associated with domestic abuse.”

The repeated congressional endorsements of the bill point to its broad-based and progressively growing support, notwithstanding some challenges that have been thrown up over the years.

In celebrating its hopefully imminent renewal in the Senate, it is of course worthwhile to simultaneously note the continuing scourge of domestic abuse in the United States and take all necessary measures to prevent it.

Experienced family law attorneys can provide further information concerning this singular and important subject matter.