“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

Equal Access to Justice – Not as a Pro se litigant

In June of this year we wrote to the US Department of Justice regarding issues surrounding Pro se representation. Part of the issues a Pro se litigant has to deal with is the denial of equal rights and access to … Continue reading

Some questions to ask your Guardian ad litem

Our court system has us believe that the role of Guardian ad litem is at least in theory a person who is the eyes and ears of the court offering a neutral and unbiased view of the divorcing family. In … Continue reading

Am I the only one who sees this GAL is wrong?

The stages of realizing there is a problem with the Family Court System is universal for families, relatives and friends who have experienced the system first hand. In our frustration with the courts we spend different lengths of time working … Continue reading

To Recuse Or Not To Recuse That is The Question

Judicial Disqualification or recusal has been an issue in Maine courts for years. This is especially so in our Family Court system where often a litigant will be seen by a judge who maybe a neighbor, a friend or even … Continue reading