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The state Elder Abuse Task Force plans to use volunteers from law schools, AARP and other organizations to monitor probate courts. The goal is to ensure that guardians and conservators properly handle their wards' needs and finances. We hear from AARP and the founder of an earlier family court watchers program, Renee Beeker of Milford. Article here.

Eyes on the Family Court: Creating an Effective Data Collection Instrument
by Renee Beeker and Paul Holdorf.
The problems plaguing our nation's family court system inspired this project, which began in response to litigants' complaints about the quality and effectiveness of family court proceedings. In order to gain a better understanding of the functioning of family courts in matters involving child custody, visitation, support, property division, family violence, and child protection issues, forty-three volunteers observed 649 cases involving fifty-seven judges in twenty counties. Data evaluation revealed that nearly one-third of cases demonstrated an evident lack of preparation on the part of the judges, attorneys, and other legal professionals. Failures to uphold due process, to deliver just and reasonable judicial decisions, and to show respect and courtesy to litigants were also evident. See the YouTube video about this article.

We'd like to welcome our newest board member Denise Belcher

Family Courts Come Under Volunteers' Watch
A family court activist in Michigan is training volunteers to observe family courts. The goal is to reform a system that many women who lose custody consider unjust. Latest story in our "Dangerous Trends, Innovative Responses" series.

The Illusion of Protection by Renee Beeker
In my role as an activist and advocate over the last ten years, I have encountered story after story detailing how women are unable to protect themselves or their children in custody cases where abuse is an issue, even if abuse is documented outside the arena of divorce. Read more ->

Custody Cases Put Under Supreme Legal Watch
Legal advocates for battered women have spent years trying to internally reform the nation's family court system to better protect the due-process rights of battered women in child custody disputes. Read more ->

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