How do you resolve conflict in your family?
Do you have the right support, or are you unsure of what that means or what the right support looks and feels like?
If your conflict has entered the Court system, you probably realize there is more going on than you can manage alone. You may even see or hear that Justice is out of reach for many exposed to our legal system, even when paying large sums to highly regarded professionals.
Our Family Court system, we now know, carries out Justice in a way that the public is unprepared for at best.
Video: These boys are teens from Newnan, Georgia, who have been asking for their testimony and the evidence to be used on the record.
They are asking for the courts to protect them & to allow them to continue their normal lives with friends, family, sports, etc. We are featuring this excerpt of the interview because of how resolved they are, and because they and their friends are having to go to great lengths to be heard. They have learned at an early age what happens when due process is denied, and when certain court professionals do not want the truth to be known by the public or the higher courts. Jack and Thomas stated they have shared much with the GAL, pleading for help to get home, and that their testimony and wishes are being ignored. Safety & health are big concerns, and the evidence is filed in the pleadings. #ProfitOverProtection.
After we reported on Jack and Thomas Murphy and their situation, they continued finding ways to communicate and ask for help. To further silence them they were moved yet again, and DFCS in Tennessee was told they were sent to a lockdown “treatment center” in Utah.
While investigating these treatment centers and practices that damage children and deny rights of both parents and children, we learned that a teen named Hannah has been locked away without cause, and now we are awaiting updates from this hearing in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The stories for both of these families are very similar, in that evidence was suppressed that should have been used to protect these kids and to keep them in their healthy, loving homes. Teens who were previously housed in these facilities are speaking out to help the public, media and law enforcement understand the abuses experienced there as well as how they got there. You can read more about Hannah on the Court Watch section on our Facebook page, and on this blog post.
Is there something we as a community can do about this? We believe so!
First, we show as a community that we expect better! We are calling for a formal review of these cases flagged for professional misconduct. Now that you’ve heard from these boys, please sign and share this petition.
- We are doing more than raising awareness of problems & showing damages to good parents and children.
- We develop and offer solutions that increase public safety, stability for families & children, while serving to preserve or improve health and peace of mind.
- Our solutions are also designed to highlight what is possible when working with the right professionals.
- The “right professionals” are those who are committed to adding value, and demonstrating integrity and loyalty to clients. They work to RESOLVE CONFLICT rather than prolonging and worsening it.
In the News: Augusta parents, grandparents and supporters – and ethical lawyers and child custody experts – are doing compelling work to explain in clear terms what is going on that needs to be changed immediately. These stories reveal that judges are aware of misconduct by GALs and that law enforcement is engaged. M-A-C’s recommendation is to have flagged cases formally reviewed, and in some cases new trials may be justified. Should the expense fall on the parties who used foul play & profited from keeping evidence off the record? Read here for more on the situation in Newnan, GA. Please follow these stories on our YouTube channel (see the YouTube icon to the right) and send us your comments and requests.
- Parents and professionals alike are facing more turmoil in Family Court cases than ever before, leaving behind a wake of unprecedented damages to children.
- Previously we bought the myth that it was mostly caused by individuals who “just can’t get along,” but now we know it is not that simple.
- We have seen parents become confused, financially broken and unable to provide for children, if they are even allowed to care for their own children.
- Most parents did not realize there was a crisis in our court system, until it was too late for them to see the traps, let alone to react and move to safety. No, it is not a quick fix, but we now know it’s possible to do better.
- Learn about the differences in professional conduct and resulting outcomes.
- Listen to parents and children.
- Dissolve the myths that cause us to turn away from the trauma and loss they are experiencing. This could be YOUR family next, if we do not act.
- Get involved. Contribute where and what you can.
- Address the shame and confusion that causes parents to not ask for the right help.
- Teamwork makes a difference. Work together, even when you do not agree 100% with another party or with other advocates.
- Challenge professionals and jurists to overcome the status quo. Hold those accountable who hide and cover for the status quo.
- Professional misconduct is to be reported on and addressed. Ignoring it is not something we can tolerate any longer.
That is only part of the program:
We have studied cases across Georgia, comparing the issues and evidence to those in other states, and can draw the same conclusions: we need clear options for families to avoid unnecessary loss due to professional misconduct and clearly harmful, dishonest practices that exploit a family’s vulnerability and leave parents and children in worse shape than where they were found.
You likely cannot even fathom that this was going on, can you? Unfortunately, this is our reality. But it is not too late to intervene and to correct this situation.
Some glaring examples of bad practices are seen in the Augusta judicial district, including the GAL and attorney misconduct that led to good parents being damaged on a growing number of child custody cases. Visit our YouTube channel to learn from the news reports on these cases.
My Advocate Center has dedicated this site to not only explaining the issues faced in Family Court, but to creating a better path for parents to follow, and one that better serves the real needs of children.
There are many places to go to learn about problems parents have with each other, or about damages resulting from mis-handled Family Court cases. Now through My Advocate Center, there is a common ground – or a neutral platform – for both parents and professionals to work together to solve problems in our court system, and to resolve conflict more safely and cost-effectively.
Ready to bypass the news reports and updates?
Now that we realize something is desperately wrong in our court system, it is up to us to work on solutions that more people can access. Awareness is a big first step, but please don’t stop there. It is up to parents to become better informed and prepared; and it is up to professionals, policymakers, civic leaders and law enforcement to decide that what is going on must be brought to an end. The focus of our mission and what drives our case consulting work is very simple: Children need their parents, and we should be working together and using our resources wisely to help children have the best that both parents have to offer. Good parents should NOT be denied the right to care for and protect their children. And children should not be used as pawns for financial leverage or to enable one party to be punitive and controlling over the other. These are simple principles, but our case studies reveal they are largely being ignored, putting profits over protection in the legal process. What can we do to impact this? Rules and evidence must count for the benefit of children and the parents they need, and should not be manipulated to enhance the profits of the professionals in control of the case. If this statement is upheld, then children have a much better chance of receiving the best that both parents have to offer. This is what they deserve. We expose a broad range of cases and issues on this website, but it all comes back to this one principle. Professional misconduct is too often interfering with the needs of children and with the rights of parents. This is one of the most difficult issues to address, as profits have too often pushed aside the commitment to protect, but it is the most important area to address before this gets much worse.
Since our last update many more cases have been submitted by parents and by professionals for review.
This includes parents serving in our military.
The data and evidence on these cases are significant, and this exposure should lead to positive change — and to recovery — for families and children.
Once you understand the issues, you can work to avoid them, and help correct them.
Use these stories to learn the issues, then position yourself to avoid loss, to recover faster, or to contribute if you are in a position to so that another family can benefit.
Fortunately not all professionals are a part of the problem, and our team serves to help identify where value can be found.
As we are seeing in the above footage, more compelling news reports have hit the airwaves. We expect more is needed, though, before we’ll see any real impact on the bad practices that are doing harm. Keep an eye on on the Atlanta and Augusta areas as we provide more tools and resources to help these families recover from court-related losses, and work together to prevent more of the same.
Who can benefit from My Advocate Center’s involvement in family conflict resolution?
- Parents who are facing a possible legal conflict, click here to request information.
- Legislators are being asked this year to help prepare a reform agenda that will better support parents and children, especially where they are caught in high-conflict legal matters, and where any type of misconduct is involved. To learn more, visit this page on our reform initiative. This section is under development, but our Capitol is now engaged.
- Professionals who are committed to adding value for clients are needed. We also involve ethical professionals in the education of both parents and elected officials, and in our mission to help families recover. Please contact us if you are interested in consulting with parents or in educating our policymakers about needed reforms.
Review our full Mission Statement.