MeGAL’s response to the Judicial Branch on DOJ Letter Concerning Illegal Enforcement of Fines and Fees

The final salvo in the exchange between MeGAL and the Judicial Branch. After this we have not heard back from the Judicial Branch. From: J M Coll Sent: Mar 22, 2016 10:38 AM To: “Mary.Ann Lynch” Cc: Justice Andrew Mead … Continue reading

Reply from Maine’s Judicial Branch on DOJ Letter Concerning Illegal Enforcement of Fines and Fees

On March 20, 2016 we queried the Judicial Branch on whether or not they were aware of a recent letter published by the Department of Justice.The Judicial Branch responded a day later that they know but – the issues brought … Continue reading

To Maine’s Judicial Branch on DOJ Letter Concerning Illegal Enforcement of Fines and Fees

In Family Courts parents are often faced with paying crushing fees for court vendors (Guardians ad litem) and lawyers or face jail time. The Department of Justice has indicated that this practice must stop in all courts as it infringes … Continue reading

“Because my ex abused my son/ daughter, this stranger (GAL) is deemed a more capable parent than me”

Parents ‘prescribed’ court ordered anger management. Is it any wonder then why any parent when faced with a similar situation would feel anger towards a custody situation they find themselves in? Court vendors (Guardians ad litem, Parental Coordinators and other … Continue reading

Speak Out – 2015 Survey on the State of our Family Courts

As a consumer of Judicial Services rarely have you ever been given the opportunity to provide feedback to your Family Court system on how they are doing. There is no exit survey on the experience you just had. As a … Continue reading

It is High Time for Court Reform – Current Process Invites Problems

In his recent opinion piece, Portland attorney, Peter Murray, has written a thoughtful, serious analysis of troubling symptoms coming from Maine’s probate courts, along with a call for reform and his thoughts about how to do probate reform. In so … Continue reading

Parents “What do I owe?” – Family Court “How much you got?”

Mr. Craig Kelly appears to be a politician whom the Guardian ad litem/ Court reform movement could use. He recently gave a speech earlier this month regarding the use of a court appointed expert who by all appearances took advantage … Continue reading

The New Complaint Process – Are Parents on the Highway to Hell?

And you thought that the old complaint process was scary just wait until you try and file a complaint against a Guardian ad litem (GAL) now. September 1, 2015 consumers of judicial services in Maine’s Family Courts were faced with … Continue reading

Is the New Maine Guardian ad litem Complaint Process Fair to Parents?

The following was sent to Mary Ann Lynch of the Judicial Branch regarding the new and improved complaint process that the judicial branch has asked us (consumers) to use since September 1, 2015. While the new rules and complaint process … Continue reading