Family Court , ‘Quo Vadis? “improvement, reform or implosion”?

As we observe the big picture of Maine’s Family Courts, we sense that  our family courts appear to be slowly imploding. It is not a visibly dramatic happening that grabs public attention. It is largely unnoticed and unrecognized symptoms of … Continue reading

New Rules for Guardians ad litem versus or … Judicial Discretion.

We are sure that the 78 page document spelling out a set of new Rules for Maine Guardians ad litem represents many hours of work on the part of some Judicial Branch Committee. However, to this reader, they are a … Continue reading

Governor Paul LePage Helping Families Get Through The Family Court System In Maine.

My boyfriend Paul Collins and I have a Facebook page MeGALalert,a Facebook page The Pro se Way, a blog on WordPress with the same names and a blog here on BDN And Justice For All. It all started back in … Continue reading

The Pro se Problem in Family Courts

In Maine and Connecticut there is a movement to change the Family Court system. While this letter is addressed to the Maine Judicial branch it can be applied to other states just as well: Mary Ann Lynch Government and Media … Continue reading

Public Comment: Report of the Family Division Task Force (FDTF), 2013

This is an interesting report in which the growing 74% ‘pro se’ problem is acknowledged, but it seems to despair of a solution. Maybe in time. Maybe never. But – we’re thinking about it and working on it. It’s just … Continue reading

A Response to the Proposed Repeal and Replacement of Maine Guardian ad litem Rules

Hon. Leigh Saufley Chief Justice Maine Supreme Court Dear Chief Justice Sauflley, I am responding to the request from the Judicial Branch for comments from the public  on the proposed “new” Rules for Guardians ad litem. In my opinion, they … Continue reading

1999 Proposed rules for Guardian ad litem

Anita St Onge – is the unofficial spokes person to address the committee. Terry Hayes, David Kennedy, Ken Altshuler are also mentioned as members who participated in drawing up the rules for GALs back then. This is audio testimony presented … Continue reading

Maine Guardian ad litem – Proposed Repeal and Replacement of the Rules

NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT STATE OF MAINE SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT NOTICE AND OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT Proposed Repeal and Replacement of the Maine Rules for Guardians Ad Litem Comments due on or before September 12, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. The … Continue reading

What Would You Do if You Were A Guardian ad litem?

Imagine you are a Guardian ad litem tasked with making a recommendation on a case and you have the following to deal with: One member has just accused the other of molesting the child of this divorcing family. You recommend … Continue reading