Family Support Programs

If you are a parent who is considering exploring the world beyond ultra-Orthodoxy, we know that the risks are particularly acute.  Approximately one-third of Footsteps members are parents who came to us as they grappled with redefining their relationships with their spouses and children. This can include the sticky issues of divorce and custody. Through our Family Support Program, Footsteps seeks to help members resolve these matters as smoothly as possible.

To set up a time to speak with a Footsteps staff member, please email or call 212.253.0890, ext. 7.

Sometimes a marriage or relationship ends badly. If there’s a child involved, it can sometimes mean trouble. Custodial interference, interfering with visitation in some way, by a parent is one of the major problems that may arise after divorce or breakup. Here you will find tips on what to do if the other parent doesn’t fulfill his or her obligations under your parenting agreement, or violates a court order related to custody or visitation. This section also contains information on out-of-state moves in child custody situations, parental abduction, and more.

 Learn About Custody Problems

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Managing Your Divorce: A Guide for Battered Women


In response to the discrimination and harassment women often face in family courts, the NOW Family Law Ad Hoc Committee has developed a brochure that provides practical recommendations for women encountering a difficult divorce or child custody case. It includes tips to help women better understand the judicial process, how to protect themselves in domestic violence situations, conduct proper case documentation and what to guard against in contested child custody cases.