Reforming Family Law: What You Can Do Right Now
I began my weekly broadcast this past Tuesday through Talkshoe.com on the Get Your Justice Live network with Lary Holland. For the rest of this week my office has been overwhelmed with the question: so what do we do now?
I’ve been receiving calls and emails from every corner of the the country from people in tragic situations of their own, shaped by the misuse of the family law system and lack of access to true justice. This isn’t a problem easily attacked on a case-by-case basis. If it was, we would have had reform a long time ago. It’s a problem that demands people bring their cases and make themselves heard in a set of unified voices.
In the past, the system has worked against families systematically and – at least in terms of acting in a destructive manner – efficiently. Meanwhile, we have been fighting it one-by-one and ineffectively. It’s time for us to become systematic and efficient in attacking a whole system that has been trampling families’ rights for too long.
I’m creating a new vehicle to enable the system we need to accomplish these ends. Essentially we need to gather key bits of information from every person within our constituency, to begin sorting out the potential classes of litigants and joinder of claims.
The information we need is straightforward and pretty simple:
- Basic personal information: name, home address, email and phone;
- A very succinct description of the facts giving rise to your own claim;
- The specific Constitutional rights you would assert to be violated;
- A very brief statement of the remedy you believe would resolve your own issues.
As we learn where the commonality become individual situations can be clearly defined, we can then proceed to put together a class petition, and other claims, primarily in family court.
This is the beginning. We also need considerable help carrying out the tasks we must in order to succeed. So we need people to self-identify skills or abilities they have, i.e. legal research, IT skill, administrative support, database management and administration, etc. With a number of us working together, we will be able to attack the problem more quickly, in essence, to create a rapid response team and legal coalition of activists who will help move our mission forward at “all deliberate speed” – that’s a quote from the United States Supreme Court, by the way.
We also must keep in mind that reform won’t be achieved without costs. We need help with funding! If every person will contribute just what they can, we will reach our destiny sooner. If most of us will trade in a small fraction of what we would have to pay for other legal representation and chip in a few hundred dollars toward the costs, we will move ahead very far and very fast. If everyone of us contributes at least a few dollars, we will show the tribunals we face that we are committed, serious and irrepressible as a unit. If just a few people are able to step forward and fund the largest share of the costs, we will show those who would deprive us of our rights that we are entirely capable of taking them on step-by-step throughout intense litigation.
We can bring about the change we need through the civil rights litigation that may be the only avenue of hope for real change in the time we need. All of our children are growing up fast. As each day passes, we lose one day in their tender young lives to play the roles we should in helping them be the people we want them to be, and keeping the relationships with their parents in tact in the way they should be able.
Forms will be added to the site very soon. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach our office via email at: email@example.com. Tomorrow’s a new day with much hope and expectation! We hope to hear from you soon.