One of our super star pro bono teams at Jones Day has once again gone above and beyond in its advocacy on behalf of family violence survivors. In this Florida custody case, Jones Day and DV LEAP represented a mother whose visitation was severely restricted after she expressed concerns—first to the father and then to medical and court professionals –about her young daughter’s safety with the father. As is common in family court, the mother’s concerns were used against her to show that she was crazy, despite the absence of any mental health history or diagnosis. The court then ordered the mother into therapy as a condition of increased visitation without specifying how long the therapy needed to last or how the increased visitation could be achieved.
Despite a disappointing opinion from the appellate court agreeing with the trial court’s order, Jones Day will seek a second chance at justice for this mother from Florida’s highest court, the Florida Supreme Court. This highest level of review requires the Supreme Court’s permission, which it often denies. Jones Day, undaunted, will again partner with DV LEAP to file the petition seeking review in mid-April.