Could your state win a Family Court Super Bowl?
What would it take to win?
Would the winning team continue year after year, promoting “high conflict” litigation, draining public coffers, ruining lives and taking lives in the process?
Let’s say the attorneys are the coaches. The judges are the referees. The rules of the game are the law.
The skills required to play the “game” are this:
Knowing the rules of law. Knowing the nuances and the dynamics of all kinds of kinds of cases – especially the “high conflict” cases – and doing the right thing at the right time. For the right reasons. Always. It’s just a matter of time before all family courts begin to play the game the way it’s supposed to be played.
And… It’s first and ten on the 50-yard line… Alabama family courts have the ball….
Local volunteers create binders to spread word on child abuse
It’s a binder full of stories about those who have been affected by child abuse.
“What’s happening is 58,000 children a year, throughout the nation, are being court ordered into unsupervised contact with the people that they have identified as abusers,” said project volunteer Amanda Hodge.
Three volunteers who have been victims of domestic violence created a resource binder for all family court judges in the state of Alabama.
“These binders are the first step in trying to reach out to our judges, not place blame, but to say we want to help, we want to fix this problem as a community and a state,” said Hodge.
Alabama is the first state to create a resource binder for judges. Hodge says she’s spoken with survivors across the nation trying to push this project in other states.
“It’s huge for us to have the support of our state legislators, and to be able to get these binders out to people,” Hodge said.
Hodge says the intent is to assist judges in the proper way to handle child abuse cases that come up when the victim wants to leave the abuser.
“I hope that our judges will take the time to read the binders, go out and get further training, and ask questions,” said Hodge.
The judge’s resource binder also has letters of support from Governor Robert Bentley and House Speaker Mike Hubbard.
The volunteer group is sending out the binders at the end of the month to 70 family court judges across the state. Lee County family court Judge Mike Fellows had no comment on the issue.