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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Which is the better shared parenting law?

In 2018, Virginia passed a law requiring judges to consider shared parenting on a basis equal to sole or primary custody. This promises to change the current practice of awarding sole or primary custody in 85% of cases. Do you support that shared parenting should be an equal alternative to sole or primary custody?

In 2018, Kentucky passed a law requiring judges to start with a presumption of 50-50 shared parenting time, then apply the facts of the case from there. Do you support shared parenting as a starting point for negotiating custody schedules?

Which approach is better, Virginia’s or Kentucky’s?
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Kentucky Shared Parenting Law Reduces Conflict in Custody Cases

“What this law does is it mandates that when a case begins — a time-sharing case or custody case — that I start with what’s best for these children is a 50/50 time-sharing schedule with the parents. Then, I take the facts and apply them from there,” explained McCracken County Family Court Judge Deanna Henschel.

Republican state Rep. Jason Petrie of Elkton, one of the sponsors of the bill, said he hopes it will help reduce conflict.

“Parties are not fighting as much on that first hearing, given that there is a presumption that there is shared custody and equal parenting time,” Petrie said.

Conflict is reduced because the law eliminates the winner/loser mentality that is part of custody cases where one parent fights to become the custodial parent, relegating the other to a visitor with his or her children.

Source: https://www.wpsdlocal6.com/2018/05/01/new-kentucky-law-forces-joint-custody-default/ last accessed July 16, 2018

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Exchange Information with Shared Parenting Experts: International Conference in Boston, May 29-30

The National Parents Organization (NPO.org) is sponsoring a group of experts on shared parenting. Some highlights from the NPO website, http://npo-icsp2017.org/ :

Research suggests that fully half of troubled children and adolescents derive from conflicted, separated and divorced families. The faculty will delve into the relationship between different types of post-divorce parenting arrangements and children’s subjective and objective outcomes, their attachment to parental figures, and specific issues such as age and developmental level, high conflict, domestic violence, and parental alienation. The conference offers the rare opportunity to interact with leading legal and mental health scholars from around the world on this important topic. The program will include plenary sessions, panel discussions, question and answer sessions, and break-out workshops.

Given the high prevalence of conflicted, separated and divorced families, this conference will be of great benefit to all varieties of child and family practitioners and scholars, including any who deal with family policy, family law, psychology, child mental and physical health, alienation, domestic violence or family dynamics This is an unusual opportunity to learn from so many distinguished scholars from Australia to Europe to North America, any of whom would qualify as a keynote speaker, all at one conference. Information on continuing education can be found in the Program.

Email info@sharedparentinginc.org for a pdf of the full program.

Registration and housing information: http://npo-icsp2017.org/registrationhousing/

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Moving in the right direction…

The Wall Street Journal reports on efforts by fathers to seek parity in custody disputes: basically, shared parenting! 20 states are now considering shared parenting legislation. It is heartening this important matter is getting more and more attention in the mainstream media.

The WSJ article is also reviewed by the National Parents Organization here.

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