How do you resolve conflict in your family?
Do you have the right support, or are you unsure of what that means to you and your children? Do you even know what the right support looks and feels like? That’s ok…most do not, at least not when they first engage in our court system.
This question is one of the reasons we sponsor Pro Advocate Radio, which launched on Business RadioX in Atlanta, Georgia, January 2015. Pro Advocate Radio aired on an FM station covering Metro Atlanta, with a global reach online through early 2016. We are gearing up for our next series of broadcasts and working on increasing the coverage area.
Increasing coverage means that more people will be able to learn what IS possible in counseling and conflict resolution, and more professionals will be featured for their good work. This show is not for the timid, but rather for those of you committed to seeing protections and rights afforded in family and juvenile court, and to seeing our laws upheld. Our children are counting on us to get this right.
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If your conflict has entered the Family Court system, you probably realize there is more going on than you can manage alone. Our experts are here to help clarify and direct you to safety.
You may see or hear that Justice is out of reach for many exposed to our legal system, even when paying large sums to professionals talked about as “highly regarded” in this field. This is a highly complicated and confusing territory but you don’t need to manage this alone or without insight and information from a source you can trust.
Our experts and tools can save you valuable time, energy and financial resources; see what we’ve learned from years of research, investigations, and reporting. Prepare before entering the family court system! The process which families are guided toward, we now know, often carries out Justice in a way that the public is unprepared for at best. Now that we know what the pitfalls are, we can help you navigate around them by making more informed decisions.
Is there something we can do about this?
We believe the simplest, most straightforward answer is always to focus on the real needs of children, and we know that they need the best of both parents, access to loving, safe family members as well as support from healthcare providers and schools. If anyone or anything is impeding this care and support, a red flag goes up and we ask for investigations.
- Solving the problems described here will take more than raising awareness & showing the damages caused for good parents and children.
- Teams are forming to develop solutions that will increase public safety, improve stability for families & children, while serving to preserve or restore health and peace of mind.
- My Advocate Center’s approach to teamwork: highlight what is possible when working with the right professionals, using available evidence / testimony, ensuring that laws / rules are upheld.
- The right professionals are those who are committed to adding value, demonstrating integrity and ensuring loyalty to clients.
- They work to resolve conflict rather than prolonging and worsening it. They also work to provide transparency rather than discourage it.
- The professionals we engage and invite to review cases and to speak are those who work to see the family prepared to move on in a way that actually serves the children well.
- With the right team around you: preserve your resources [including your time and energy] for yourself and your children.
- True teamwork with professionals who add value means that we allow the children to have the best that both parents have to offer.
News media around the U.S. and around the world have been paying more attention to families and children asking for help, and this report is one of several that addresses issues being presented for reform. Welcome to Augusta, Georgia and Family Court Shenanigans!
Parents and professionals alike are facing more turmoil and unnecessary challenges in family court than ever before, leaving behind a wake of preventable damages to children. Previously we listened to the explanation – which turned out to be a myth – that the challenges seen are always caused by “those parents” who “just can’t get along,” but now we know that reality just isn’t that simple. It’s true that people engaged in conflict can and do make things worse by over-reacting and making poor decisions, but they also may be having fuel poured on the fire by the professionals managing or engaging during the case.
This problem means we must focus on professional misconduct, including breaches of fiduciary duty and possibly even fraud. We have not only seen parents become financially broken and unable to provide for children, cut off from their children, but we have also seen ethical professionals punished for standing up for their clients and the children being harmed.
This is where our community and leadership must step in, so we’ve developed the data and insights needed to support investigations and a formal review of how the system works and what needs to change. Most people – both parents and professionals – did not realize there was such an extreme crisis unfolding in our family court system, not until it was too late for them to react appropriately and move to safety.
Learn about the differences in professional conduct and resulting outcomes.
Listen to parents and children.
Address and set aside 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 now.
Get involved. Contribute where and what you can.
Address the shame and confusion that cause parents and children 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.
Feature talented, ethical professionals who add real value and improve outcomes for families as a whole. [Divided families do not have to become destroyed families, do they?]
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. We need a way for parties to avoid clearly harmful, dishonest practices that too often exploit the entire family’s vulnerability, leaving 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. Help us resolve conflict more safely and cost-effectively.
Ready to bypass the news reports and updates?
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.