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Narrative Comments Included in Measure 25 Responses


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Date1 Jurisdiction2 Comments
02/16/2018 Elkhart County, Indiana, United States Recent Changes:Formation of Cooperative Family Law Task Force
Upcoming Changes:Revision of Local Rules Evaluating new methods to reduce conflict early in the case.
01/07/2014 Tippecanoe County, Indiana, United States Recent Changes:Improvements in forms and instructions to assist the pro se litigant. Consistent monitoring by Judges with regard to attendance of the live parenting class as well as the UpToParents.org and ProudToParent.org website work.
Upcoming Changes: Seeking additional funding sources to sustain the Speed Mediation Program available at no cost in IV-D Paternity Cases. Discussion of appropriate referrals to the Speed Mediation Program.
12/09/2013 Lake County, Indiana, United States Recent Changes:Collaborative divorce
12/09/2013 Tippecanoe County, Indiana, United States Recent Changes:The requirement to speak to the opposing party prior to filing a request for hearing has resulted in several settlements which would otherwise have taken up the court's time and cost the parties additional funds.
Upcoming Changes:Sending more cases to mediation especially those who are unrepresented.
12/07/2013 Tippecanoe County, Indiana, United States Recent Changes:adoption of the Family Law Rules and judicial oversight that they are followed
12/07/2013 Tippecanoe County, Indiana, United States Upcoming Changes:This is not a real survey but merely asking for an endorsement of so called reforms. In a recent case I had custody changed and even though the parent who lost custody was in court and there a motion to modify child support on file no child support was ordered. This, and the failure of opposing counsel to give any discovery (and yes I did a motion to compel) led to no child support being ordered for over 11 months. Blocking access to the courts is NOT HELPFUL. CHILDREN NEED CHILD SUPPORT which means that sometimes we actually need to see a judge who can make a ruling. I have always tried to resolve cases without coming to court. I don't need rules telling me to do what common sense would demand. I now get the feeling that this is not all about making things better for children but instead about making the judicial work load lighter. Such long delay makes things more volatile because justice is not being served.
12/07/2013 Tippecanoe County, Indiana, United States Recent Changes:Implementation of the new Tippecanoe Family Law Rules, which include a standard declaration form, non adversarial language requirements, requirement for website work completion, and cooperative requirement prior to hearing among other things.
Upcoming Changes:I'm unaware whether these items are being worked on, but they need to be: 1. Improvement of awareness that valuations in financial declarations need to be as of teh date of filing of the Petition for Dissolution (currently there are vastly different dates given)This creates unnecessary expense to untangle. 2. More alternative resolution options ordered by the Judges for parties who file lots of petitions. Some attorneys come to mediation completely unprepared, which undermines and sometimes defeats the entire process. 3. Refusal by the judges to accept pleadings with adversarial language characterizing the parties (ex. respondent)and that don't include the Rule 9 required confirmation.
11/26/2013 Tippecanoe County, Indiana, United States Recent Changes:Rules of Family Law
04/10/2013 Allen County, Indiana, United States Upcoming Changes:Comprehensive, readable forms for pro se litigants.
04/08/2013 3rd Judicial District, Kansas, United States Recent Changes:Kansas has changed it's Case Management law for high conflict families where only licensed attorney's or therapist can be a case manager. Mediators and Court Services Officers can be a parent coordinator and only assist in areas to enforce the court order, such as parenting time or special situations where the parents may adjust their parenting schedule. The PC cannot make any permanent changes to residency or custody.
Upcoming Changes:Hopefully, as I pass on this website we will take a look at some new things.
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