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May 8, 2014

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Connecticut’s Legislature Votes Unanimously to Reform the Family Court System
By Judge Thomas W. Weissmuller, Esq. (Retired), Chair, Executive Committee, National Parents Organization of Connecticut
John M. Clapp, PhD, Chair, Shared Parenting Council of Connecticut, Inc. and Member, Executive Committee, National Parents Organization of Connecticut

Thomas Weissmuller
John Clapp
Judge Thomas W. Weissmuller, Esq. (Retired)
John M. Clapp, PhD
On Friday, April 25, 2014, both houses of Connecticut’s legislature unanimously approved a bill that restricts judges in family court matters. Parent who have been unfairly denied access to their children, given restricted access and bankrupted by the court turned out in large numbers to testify in favor of the legislation. The legislation points towards fundamental changes in Connecticut’s family court system.

The bill passed on April 25 deals with technical issues associated with the court appointed Guardians Ad Litem (GALs):
  1. Poor training. GALs require only 30 hours of training. No law degree, no study of child behavior, no other experience with children.
  2. No accountability. As a practical matter, parents paying the bills could not fire the GAL! And, GALs have immunity from law suits.
  3. Some GAL’s had few meetings with children and refused to meet with those intimately involved with the children’s lives.
  4. Excessive pay. Hourly rates were reported in the $200-$850 range and some total billings were in excess of $20,000 per year. Parents can be jailed for failure to pay GALs.

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May 5, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
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Los Angeles County: Department of Children and Family Services Holds $9 M Meant for Kids
May 4, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Not long ago, I posted here and here and here about the system-wide dysfunction in the child welfare organizations in California. The problems generally amount to caseworkers either ignoring children obviously at risk of injury or overspending resources on parents who are fit and loving. But the situation is so bad that at least one state lawmaker, Assembleyman Tim Donnelly, has said he’d scrap the whole system and start over if he could. Read more...

Sixteen-Year-Old Dad Fights Adoption Industry in Illinois
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Father Defeats Bogus Guardianship of His Sons
May 1, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
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Parental Alienation Awareness Day: April 25, 2014, Los Angeles, California
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Warshak Paper May Influence Child Custody Decisions in Australia
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