Tardiff V Sullivan – Another Poster Child case for a Dysfunctional Family Court

We are pleased to be able to publish this brief, a public document and an appeal to the Maine Supreme Court. It is a horrifying story. It shows how a series of court actions have deprived a good man, a … Continue reading

Management by Crisis – The Judicial Branch and Financial Shortfall 2015

Last week we had a sudden change to the Judiciary Committee schedule. The Judicial Branch was making a presentation to the Judiciary Committee for a supplemental budget of $1M to get through to July 2015. This is not the first … Continue reading

Why is the Divorce Industry Calling Us “Bad Sports”…. Again?

Once again, we are hearing from the Maine divorce industry a repeat of their 2013 analysis of consumer complaints about Maine Guardians ad litem (GALs) and Family Courts. To put it in a very small nutshell: “Whiners!”,  “Losers!”,  “Those with … Continue reading

Why LePage’s tax Reform Plan Rattles Lawyers

Under the current proposal lawyer’s fees will be subject to the new expanded tax and the lawyer’s are upset. They claim that by taxing their services – people (consumers/ parents) will not be able to afford a lawyer. What? Lawyer’s … Continue reading

Santa – They Are All From Kids Who Want BOTH Parents

While the cartoon is meant to make light of the Family Court debacle – there is a huge amount of truth in the message. In many cases throughout the state and country we have heard stories of parents being ripped … Continue reading

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

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