In North Carolina, more than two million cases are filed each year. According to the 2010-2011 annual report, the court system has nearly 6,500 employees, and requires an annual budget of more than $450 million. Obviously, court efficiency is of great concern to any state. Not only does Unified Family Court process family cases through the system much faster and more efficiently, but the creative and therapeutic process it mandates promotes longer lasting resolutions, and gives divorcing spouses tools for resolving future issues. Therefore, the result is a lower percentage of on-going family disputes require continued intervention by the court.
Of course, all of this efficiency requires a plan for handling the volume of information passing through the system. Part of the plan includes strict time frames and compliance with deadlines. A Family Court Case Manager is responsible for monitoring compliance with the rules. Family Court Case Managers also work with families in distress to acquire community services for underlying issues affecting families like anger management, domestic violence, substance abuse and even disability. This provides yet another layer of services to families embroiled in the court system. Unified Family Courts are an asset from every perspective.