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North Carolina Family Court Saved, But Budget Slashed By $1M

According to the Raleigh News and Observer: “Against the objections of Republicans leaders, other changes to the budget included: restoring family court, which was eliminated in the House budget…”

The family court system, which operates in only 13 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, was on track to be completely defunded in the newest draft of the state budget, but a last minute amendment saved the program. However, family court’s statewide budget allocation has been cut significantly from $2.9 million to $1.9 million for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, leaving many to wonder about how the program can continue to effectively and efficiently move domestic cases through the litigation process.