Author Archives: Monica Szymonik

My Declaratory Judgment Journey – Part 1

Filing a motion for Declaratory Judgment in Family Court is bound to raise some eyebrows. Should you go down this path? I believe every parent should. It’s prudent for your case. I have been going through the destructive Family Court for more than seven years. I have followed the rules and jumped through the hoops.…

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Please Read My Letter – A Parent’s Plea to NPR

I was very moved today to write about the pathology of the Family Court to Representative Urban of Stonington, CT after hearing her speak on NPR’s “Where We Live” and share the trauma that this inflicts on children in Connecticut: (The following is what I posted on Facebook. Go to the end of this article and…

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A sad day in Connecticut

Virtually all of the parental rights bills that were submitted to the Judiciary Committee for the 2017 legislative session in Connecticut have died in committee. AGAIN.  These are bills that Connecticut citizens have been trying to get passed for years and have had to unnecessarily recycle them, year after year. The bills all encompass the basic principle…

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Bullying abounds at big law firms, but it often goes unaddressed, survey finds

Workplace standards in many law firms remain in the Dark Ages. According to this study, bullying and lack of respect plagues many law firms. The study does not say what field of law attracts these types, but I can imagine that those who practice in Family Law fall into two categories: The bullies and the…

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Nevermind applying Constitutional law to your court motions… how does one even absorb it all in the first place?

Finding yourself stuck in the maze of Family Court life, you are likely to run into a situation where you feel helpless (um, yeah that’s why you’re here, right?). Yet, while seeking knowledge about your parental rights is not a substitute for the representation of counsel, it helps move your case forward more efficiently if…

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Musings of a “non-custodial” mom

Fielding off well-meaning comments from the public is a skill that every outcasted parent needs to learn. We live in a culture where children are at the forefront of everything. When your children are not with you, and you utter to anyone that you have kids, brace yourself. From elderly relatives who don’t understand how…

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