Questions we would like our Judges to answer

Dear Member of the Maine Judiciary Committee of the Legislature, Re: Judging judges: hearings on judicial appointments or reappointment At MeGAL we are writing you-in our role as grassroots advocates for Guardian ad litem and family court reform-about your committee’s … Continue reading

Credibility determinations are left to the sound Judgment of the trier of Fact

One (out of many) of our favorite quotes from a Maine Supreme Court decision has the ring of final authority that is almost biblical. To us, it effectively seems to say, folks, on this sacred verity there is no possible … Continue reading

FOUR QUESTIONS FOR MAINE’S FAMILY COURTS

Maine has four pressing very functional questions for Maine’s family courts.  They have been raised repeatedly by many citizen users of these courts, and the absence of clear, understandable answers poses a significant intellectual barrier to justice in these courts.  … Continue reading

Hon. Andrew Mead – We must work together to ensure justice truly is for all in Maine – a response

Dr Jerome A. Collins response to Hon. Andrew Mead opinion. To cut to the chase in my response to Justice Mead: the fundamental issue is how can democracy in America survive, if one of its major institutions, the Judiciary, is … Continue reading

Child Custody – An appeal to Maine’s Supreme Court: Dalton Vs. Dalton CUM-13-521

It isn’t often that most people have a chance to read an actual divorce and custody story that is being appealed to Maine’s Supreme Court, as we write this.  Child custody appeals are relatively rare. Most people, who might wish … Continue reading

An Open Letter to a Maine Family Court Judge

Maine Family Court Dear Judge, I am writing this open letter, both for public educational purposes and as a “heads up” for the courts.  Along with other observers, I feel serious concern about recurring reports of  human rights violations emanating … Continue reading

Family Court Abuse – A Parents Perspective

Dear Dr. Collins (et al): I cannot thank you enough for all that you do for the impoverished, broken, and voiceless. I thank everyone within the MeGALalert circles for the pro-active stance that has opened doors once thought closed. Our … Continue reading

A Maine Commission to Assess the Impact of Divorce and Custody on Maine Children and Families

RE:   A Maine Commission to Assess the Impact of Divorce and Custody on Maine Children and Families. The Governor State of Maine Dear Governor LePage, Divorce in Maine, when child custody is involved, has evolved into an expensive, barbaric, often … Continue reading

The Ethics of My Cousin Vinny – Is this Guardian ad litem training?

What is involved in training Guardians ad litem? Given the Guardians ad litem job, one might imagine a rigorous training program in which professionals designed the curriculum to match the job description, rules and…. the needs of the consumers. So … Continue reading

Would you want a Guardian ad litem with this kind of training?

This is a look at two businesses. One financial the other legal. Both deal with sensitive information, rules and regulations. Both have training programs to give the tools needed to stay within accepted standards and compliance. Both are radically different. … Continue reading