Family law also deals with different types of family interventions when there is a problem or concern within the family or with a family member. Family intervention is a type of method used by the courts in order to remedy certain legal issues.  A judge may prescribe intervention if there is a pressing need for the family to receive legal assistance. Family intervention usually involves some form of family mediation, which involves a third party administrator who will help the parties communicate and resolve their issues.

In serious cases, family intervention may involve, or lead to other legal actions such as a change in a custody order or support order, or the granting of a protection order.  These will vary according to each individual case.  Interventions can also be conducted by professional organizations that specialize in these methods.

When Is Family Intervention Ordered?

Family intervention is typically ordered by a judge, often at the request or suggestion of a lawyer, counselor, or one of the parties affected by the conflict.  Family interventions are mostly prescribed when there are situations that pose a threat the safety of family members, especially children.  These can include instances involving:

  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Domestic violence or other abuse
  • Child abuse or neglect
  • Psychological and emotional abuse
  • Severe custody violations
  • Addiction and other self-destructive behavior (including gambling)

Thus, an intervention may be needed in order to prevent further harm from occurring in the home.  In most cases, intervention is intended to benefit the both the victims and perpetrators of harm, rather than promote division in the family. 

What Does a Family Intervention Include?

A family intervention between family members during a harmful or downward time includes the following steps:

1) A Family Intervention plan is created. A family member or friend of the family proposes an intervention and forms a planning group between the family members involved or that need to be involved.

2) Information is gathered for the family intervention

3) An intervention team is formed to attend the meeting

4) The team groups up and decides the information that will be shared and the consequences that will be dealt

5) Each family member or friend participating in the family intervention will make notes on what to say

6) The intervention meeting will be held with the concern family member or members

7) A Follow up is done after the intervention to see if

What Happens After Family Intervention?

Most of the time, the results of intervention may be submitted to the court for review.  The results may often be finalized into an official court order so that it has the backing of law.  On the other hand, if more serious measures are needed after the intervention, the court may proceed with further legal action to remedy to the issue.

Do I Need a Lawyer for Help With Family Intervention?

Family intervention methods may differ according to many factors, such as the types of issues involved, and the laws of each individual state.  You may need to hire a family law attorney for help with family intervention, so that your needs and rights are protected during the process.  Your attorney can provide you with the legal advice and representation needed in order for intervention to be successful.