February 5: Public Hearing on Parental Alienation

This is a major opportunity to influence Family Court reform

Legislative Office Building, LOB, Room 2C, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 | 10:00AM – 12:00 Noon: Presentation by Experts

12:00 Noon – 1:00PM | Questions & Answers

1:00PM – 1:30PM | Lunch Recess

1:30PM – Public Hearing

 TOPICS:

  1. How to improve relations & confidence in Judiciary.
  2. Financial & Emotional impact of court and families.
  3. Guardian Ad Litem – How best to utilize them and work with them
  4. Parental alienation – “What it is?” – How impact children & families.
  5. Early interventions – Misconceptions Parental alienation cases & Treatment & Outcomes.
  6. When & How children’s medical information and private identities are protected.

Parents and community members requesting to speak during the public hearing should sign up between 8:30AM to 9:30AM at Atrium, 1st Floor. Public comment will be allowed 3 minutes.

Please submit written testimonies to Milagros.Acosta@cga.ct.gov

Written testimony is limited to 5 pages.

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2 thoughts on “February 5: Public Hearing on Parental Alienation

  1. The following is my testimony for the February 5 Public Hearing on Parental Alienation:

    Along with my daughter who is now an adult, I raised my son with dedication, a sense of responsibility, sacrifices, and the perspective of a professional educator. During the last two years, I have been negotiating shared custodial time with my ex-husband .

    Before and during the divorce process, my ex-husband and I both agreed that we always wanted to agree on the time each of us would spend with our son considering his benefit and right of having us available on a equal basis.
    However, during the summer time, my ex-husband has taken our son abroad twice on consecutive years, five weeks each time. This year, he is planning to take our son again without asking me for approval nor considering the time I planned to spend with our son. As a public school teacher, I have 6 weeks of during the summer.
    Also increasingly, the time for sport related activities organized by my ex-husband have become the excuse to change and limit mother-son schedules. As a result of the lack of time for my son and I to see eachother, and his father indifference towards me, during the past 6 moth my son seems defiant, and rejecting to recover the time we have lost. He is communicating less, and refusing to spend equal amount of time with me.
    My son is now almost 16 years old. His father insists that due to his age, I need to know that at the time of scheduling time to see him, I need to consider the kid’s will, and the fact that our son prefers to spend time with his dad due to real sacrifices dad does.

    At the public hearing of Febbruary 5, 2019, I would like to advocate for the following:

    1) A mandatory Co-Parenting class that involves an assessment. Results should be kept in co-parents files, and be available to Family Relations in the corresponding courts.
    2) Focus during divorce procedure, and co-parenting class: Kids may not be teated as confidants nor be encouraged to take sides.
    3) Custody should be shared in equal proportion, be specified in a legal agreement during the divorce process, and be reviewed, revised or modified every three-five years.

    Thanks

  2. Along with my daughter who is now an adult, I raised my son with dedication, sense of responsibility, and the perspective of a professional educator. During the last two years, I have been negotiating shared custodial time with my ex-husband who has the primary residence of our son.
    Before and during the divorce process, my ex-husband and I both agreed that it is crucial considering our son’s right of having us available on an equal basis. However, during the last two summers, my ex-husband has taken our son abroad for five weeks each time. I recently learned that his year dad is planning to take him again for several weeks. This would be the third time that my ex-husband would take our son abroad without asking me for approval nor considering the time I have planned to spend with my son during the summer time. As a public school teacher, I have 6 weeks off during the summer, and I would have valuable time to spend with him.
    Furthermore, sport-related activities scheduled by my ex-husband have increasingly become the excuse to change and limit mother-son time. As a result of the lack of time for my son and I to see each other, and his father’s indifference towards me, during the past 6 months my son seems defiant. Even worse, my son resists recovering the lost time, and is communicating less.
    My ex-husband feels that I need to consider my 16-year old son’s wishes, more specifically the fact that our son prefers to spend more time with him. The reason why my son seems to prefer spending more time with his dad is the fact that there are generally no chores, less rules to follow regarding nutrition or respect as well as fewer social skills to practice.

    At the public hearing of February 5, 2019, I would like to advocate for the following:
    1) A mandatory Co-Parenting class that involves an assessment. Results should be kept in co-parents files, and be available to Family Relations in the corresponding courts.
2) Focus of the Co-Parenting Class: Emphasis on both parents encouraging kids to treat parents equally, and finding strategies to avoid kids taking sides.
3) Custody should automatically be shared in equal proportions if both parents are fit. Custodial time as well as a minimum of quality activities per month should be specified in a legal agreement during the divorce process

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