Category Archives: Daily Tool

How do you Register to Testify for a Bill in Texas 85th Session 2017?

If you want to testify on a particular Bill in Texas, you can start your registration process early. (For more help on putting your testimony together, click here.) You can schedule an appointment to talk to any House Representative (click to see all) and Senator (click to see all) at any time. However, if you want to…

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TAKE ACTION NOW IF YOU WANT EQUAL RIGHTS IN TEXAS: Texas Parents Taking Fight to State Capitol Through the Telephone Are Making an Impact!

Call Rep. Debbie Riddle’s office at 512-463-0572 Call Rep. Toni Rose’s office at 512-463-0664 Call Rep. Scott Sanford’s office at 512-463-0356 A legislative Aid will answer and tell her/him to please pass along your wishes to the representative that you would like them to pass the bill through committee to the house floor right away.…

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ACTION NEEDED RIGHT NOW: Texas Parents Taking Fight to State Capitol Through the Telephone Are Making an Impact!

Call Rep. Debbie Riddle’s office at 512-463-0572 Call Rep. Toni Rose’s office at 512-463-0664 Call Rep. Scott Sanford’s office at 512-463-0356 A legislative Aid will answer and tell her/him to please pass along your wishes to the representative that you would like them to pass the bill through committee to the house floor right away.…

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DAILY TOOL: Testifying Before a Legislative Committee

HOW LOUD CAN YOU MAKE YOUR VOICE? Rustin Wright’s interview has gotten 4.1 thousand shares on Facebook in one week! You are making an impact by showing the lawmakers that this issue matters to you. WHAT EFFECT HAVE YOU HAD SO FAR? You got the attention of Rep. Dutton’s office (Chairman of the Juvenile Justice…

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DAILY TOOL: Your Day in Court – Court Video

TOOL OF THE DAY: Your Day in Court – Court Video CATEGORY: Family Law Instructional Video This video was made by Kern County but could be applicable to all courts with the exception of the resource website that this video shares. Watch the video and make sure that you have these basics covered before going…

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DAILY TOOL: Divorce is Not a Trigger for Best Interest…

TOOL OF THE DAY: Divorce is not a trigger for best interest… CATEGORY: Family Law What is the most difficult thing you have had to deal with in the family court process? During our webinar today “What Can I Do When My Child is Being Used Against Me” we had another special guest today, another…

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DAILY TOOL: Frequency vs. Duration of Parent-Child Contact

TOOL OF THE DAY: Frequency vs. Duration of Parent-Child Contact CATEGORY: Family Law Many statutes say that the goal is to protect the relationship between the parent and the child in divorce. I know that’s the public policy here in Texas. In fact the statute reads: “The public policy of this state is to: (1) assure…

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DAILY TOOL: Equality is Accepted in Marriages and Dating, but Not in Divorce?

TOOL OF THE DAY: Equality in Marriage and Dating but not in Divorce. CATEGORY: Family Law Attorneys Tonight while listening to the resident attorneys and the dating expert on “Divorce and Dating Differently”, I realized “wait a minute” they are all talking about how they are fine with equality between the man and the woman…

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DAILY TOOL: Best Interest Tips

TOOL OF THE DAY: Best Interest Tips CATEGORY: Family Law Book Excerpt If you are going to face the court because your divorce did not settle, you will be faced with much more than just convincing the court that you are the better parent. You will be faced with the idea that the court determines…

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DAILY TOOL: Judges have a duty to report child abuse

TOOL OF THE DAY: Judges have a duty to report child abuse CATEGORY: Family Law Caselaw Judges are not special in that they get to ignore child abuse, neglect, or endangerment. And respecting the rights of parents does not endanger children. As discussed in yesterday’s blog as well, judges do not have to ignore the…

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DAILY TOOL: How do You Protect Rights in Conflict with the Other Parent?

TOOL OF THE DAY: Rights in Conflict CATEGORY: Family Law What are two of the main excuses that the courts, the legislators, the judges, and everyone else says to parents who are fighting over custody? The court has to decide between the two of you because your rights are in conflict. And the court gets…

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DAILY TOOL: Don’t Let Legislators Trick You…Your Fundamental Family Rights are not Dependent on them.

TOOL OF THE DAY: 14th Amendment cannot be abridged by legislators CATEGORY: Family Law Statutory When you are trying to understand where and who changes the rules in family court decisions, it can seem like you are thrown into a circle of power. The judges will tell you that your legislator makes the rules. And…

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DAILY TOOL: How Does the Family Court Process Hurt Families? Webinar

TOOL OF THE DAY: Family Court Harmful Processes CATEGORY: Family Law Process A young couple moved in next door. Their smiling faces and hopeful outlook for the future were reminiscent of how life used to be for you. You wonder if they have any idea what is really in store for their future. And you…

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DAILY TOOL: Can the Majority Vote to Have Your Constitutional Rights Ignored?

TOOL OF THE DAY: Can the Majority Vote to Have Your Constitutional Rights Ignored? CATEGORY: Family Law caselaw “Legislators may speak for the majority but even the majority is not at liberty to ignore the Constitution.” ~Michael Bent (alumna of Fix Family Courts training) “One’ s right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, ……

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DAILY TOOL: Support Webinars for Parents are Making a Difference…

TOOL OF THE DAY: Support through webinars CATEGORY: Family Law Support Every day parents go through the challenges of making decisions in the confusing and tumultuous terrain that family court attorneys and judges live in every day. Parents and children typically do not. And they don’t have anywhere to turn. Parents and children find themselves forced to live…

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DAILY TOOL: What’s the Biggest Farce in Divorce?

TOOL OF THE DAY: Excerpt from book — “NOT in the Child’s Best Interest” p. 191 CATEGORY: Family Law State Interest …that the state has a valid interest in protection of your child between two disputing fit parents. The state has NO valid state interest to protect your child from fit parents. The state cannot…

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DAILY TOOL: Remedy for Removing Judicial Immunity…

TOOL OF THE DAY: Remedy for Removing Judicial Immunity… CATEGORY: Family Law Immunity It is pretty clear that when you place a person in a position of absolute power (a judge, a guardian ad litem, a social worker, a therapist, etc.), do not provide constitutionally compliant boundaries in your family code, and you provide them…

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DAILY TOOL: Critical Public Health Issue — Equal Parenting Protects Children’s Health

TOOL OF THE DAY: Equal Parenting Protects Children’s Health CATEGORY: Family Law Politics Senator Ebke of Nebraska stated that not having regular contact with a parent has become a “critical health issue”…that she said contributes to incarceration, truancy, and crime.” Domestic violence advocates believe that it is harmful to have a presumption of equal parenting.…

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DAILY TOOL: Resources for Co-Parenting and Strengthening Families

TOOL OF THE DAY: Resources for co-parenting and Strengthening Families CATEGORY: Family Law Resources It costs $47,000.00 to incarcerate a parent for a year and $17,000.00 to educate them.  Tayla Andre with Wake Up with Tayla has hit on a topic that has been ignored for far too long… Children are losing when fathers are incarcerated…

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DAILY TOOL: Family Studies are a Major Driver of False Allegations and Creation of Lies

TOOL OF THE DAY: Family Studies create incentive and reward for the alienating behavior CATEGORY: Family Law The more you can harass the parent that is being attacked, humiliate them, and rub into their face that their child has been turned on them, the better it makes it for the parent driving the bad behavior.…

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DAILY TOOL: Is the other parent Guilty of Violating My Constitutional Rights?

TOOL OF THE DAY: Entanglement – State Action Doctrine exception CATEGORY: Family Law Doctrines When can someone be held responsible for violating the constitutional rights of an individual? Since we are only dealing with family law here, we will keep this very specific. So I decided to ask the question “When can the other parent…

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DAILY POST: Divorce is not a Trigger for Mental Health or Family Studies

TOOL OF THE DAY: Divorce is not a Trigger for Mental Health or Family Studies of any Kind. CATEGORY: Family Law Where the state asserts a right to decide the best interests of the child and orders mental health or family studies of any kind, the state violates the Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights of…

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DAILY TOOL: Child’s Rights Violated by Current Family Law Practices!

TOOL OF THE DAY: Child’s rights Violated by Current Family Court Practices CATEGORY: Family Law The legal presumption that a state may “grant” or “assign” custody or possession of a child to one parent over another parent based on nothing more than a change in the marital status of the parents is a legal legacy…

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DAILY TOOL: 7th Circuit District Court of Appeals says Parents are the Experts in Raising Their Own Children

TOOL OF THE DAY: Parents are the Experts in Raising their own Children — 7th Circuit Brokaw v. Mercer County CASELAW: Family Law Caselaw Who does this case apply to? Anyone in the 7th Circuit. So who is directly in the 7th Circuit? Central District of Illinois. Northern District of Illinois. Southern District of Illinois.…

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DAILY TOOL: Storing and Sharing Your Evidence Just Got Easier…

TOOL OF THE DAY: Storing and Sharing Your Evidence CATEGORY: Family Law Organization can be a problem when you are going through divorce, especially when there are property issues and child custody disputes. We found that the best way to store your files and share them is on a Google Drive, a private wiki, or…

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DAILY POST: Equal Parenting Reduces Incentives to Fight Over Children, reduces alienation, and does not cause children to be placed with abusers

TOOL OF THE DAY: Equal Parenting Reduces Incentives to Fight Over Children, reduces alienation, and does not cause children to be placed with abusers. CATEGORY: Family Law Resources “It is insanely cruel for the Family Law System to allow a child to testify against a parent, simply because that system can’t come to terms with…

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DAILY TOOL: Do states have a Conflict of Interest in Child Custody?

TOOL OF THE DAY: Conflicts of Interest – The State is a Party CATEGORY: Family Law Caselaw This caselaw counters the BS about the state not being a party in divorce or custody issues. The simple fact that the state asserts an interest in deciding what is in a child’s best interest makes the state…

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DAILY TOOL: Funding Justice — Where Do you Go When You Don’t Have the Money to Hire an Attorney?

TOOL OF THE DAY: Crowdfunding Tools – Money to Hire an Attorney — FundedJustice CATEGORY: Family Law Funded Justice is a crowdfunding site started by Attorney Michael A. Helfand in Illinois. This site is unique to those needing to raise money for legal needs. Other crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe do not specialize in this area.…

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DAILY TOOL: SAPCR amendment – Adding Protection for Your Rights into Your Pleadings…

TOOL OF THE DAY: SAPCR amendment — Protecting and Asserting Fundamental Parental Rights CATEGORY: Family Law Forms Sick and tired of waiting for an attorney or some other expensive expert to do the right thing and give you your rights to your children back? Stop waiting and start asserting your rights today. Add the following…

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DAILY POST: If Judges Use Biases Why Can’t You?

TOOL OF THE DAY: Judges, their roles, and their biases CATEGORY: Family Law Emotions matter…especially when they are the emotions of the judge. Yes you have rights and you should not be basing your rights on anyone’s emotions, not even a judge. But you also cannot completely blow the judge off and your opportunity to…

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DAILY TOOL: Divorce Tools Steering You Off Track

TOOL OF THE DAY: Analyzing Divorce Tools CATEGORY: Family Law Strategy If you are surfing around looking for something you can use to gain an advantage so that you can get custody of your children, you can find tons of attorneys, coaches, support groups, and other advisers all swearing by their methods and tools. You…

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DAILY TOOL: What Happens After the Final Trial…being Left in Limbo without a final order signed…

TOOL OF THE DAY: Post Final Trial Order Signing CATEGORY: Family Law You have your final day in court, or so you thought. You proved everything you needed to prove and got a ruling in your favor. Or maybe the ruling was not in your favor. Either way, you think you are done paying attorney’s…

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DAILY TOOL: When an Entire System Results in the Same Injury…

TOOL OF THE DAY: Violation of Due Process CATEGORY: Family Law This might be a social security representative payee case but it sheds light on what the rules are when an entire system is depriving individuals of their constitutional rights. This three-panel judge court found that a particular form being used with mental health patients…

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DAILY TOOL: Parenting Coordinator/Parenting Facilitator

TOOL OF THE DAY: Parenting Coordinator/Parenting Facilitator CATEGORY: Family Law All states are using “the best interest of the child” to justify any action that they take, e.g. appointing a guardian ad litem, appointing a parenting facilitator or a parenting coordinator. Just because a statute says that the court gets to determine best interest, do you…

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DAILY TOOL: Motion to Amend the Judgment

TOOL OF THE DAY: Motion to Amend the Judgment CATEGORY: Family Law Definition If there is a substantive error in your order, you can petition the court to amend the judgment. Under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure you have ten days to request a correction of law or fact. Examples of substantive issues would…

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DAILY TOOL: What if My Judge Does Not Believe in Equal Shared Parenting?

TOOL OF THE DAY: Equal Shared Parenting CATEGORY: Family Law What if your judge doesn’t believe in equal shared parenting? And what if the experts he relies on don’t either? Your judge is probably going to believe any therapists, GALs or custody evaluators before they believe you. And they might have been influenced by columnists/family…

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Co-Parenting vs. Parallel Parenting – When it is healthier to disengage from the other parent…

DAILY TOOL OF THE DAY: Co-Parenting vs. Parallel Parenting – When it is healthier to disengage from the other parent… CATEGORY: Family Law, Parental Alienation Do parents need to get along in order to have equal time with their child? Should co-parenting be the standard for deciding whether or not the child gets equal time with…

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DAILY TOOL: Social Studies

TOOL OF THE DAY: Social Studies CATEGORY: Family Law Your family code defines what power the court has to order a social study. The code should also states what criteria has to be met before a social study can be ordered. In Texas Family Code section 107.051 the judge is given the power to order…

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DAILY TOOL: How Might a Child Therapist Affect Your Child Custody Outcome?

TOOL OF THE DAY: Child Therapists and Parenting Facilitators CATEGORY: Family Law Child therapists do not determine the best interest of your child unless you authorize them to do so. One way that you can counter some of what a therapist is testifying to in your case is to ask them questions that they have…

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DAILY TOOL: What Did the Court Just Teach Your Children?

TOOL OF THE DAY: Empowering Children in Harmful Ways CATEGORY: Family Law Culture Has your judge ever asked you to “Think about what you two are teaching your children?” Asks you how you want to influence them and what you want to teach them. And then the judge strips one of you of most of your…

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DAILY TOOL: Why Should You Have Hope When Family Courts Just Keep Winning?

TOOL OF THE DAY: Hope CATEGORY: Family Law Reform Hope is one of the most powerful and energizing emotions. Without hope people fall into despair, depression, and helplessness. Have you ever watched a show and found amazement in human strength in a story of someone overcoming all odds? Most of the time, the person didn’t let the…

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DAILY TOOL: Does Right of First Refusal Feed Narcissists?

TOOL OF THE DAY: Right of First Refusal CATEGORY: Family Law Statutes “Right of First Refusal” is the hidden door that gives narcissists and domestic abusers a free pass to continue to harass you. We discuss this later in the post, but first let’s address how you might think that it is a good thing…

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DAILY TOOL: Motion for Protective Order Sample Template

TOOL OF THE DAY: Protective Order Sample Template CATEGORY: Family Law Templates If you have been served discovery, asked to do a social study, psych eval, custody evaluation, submit to a counselor or any other type of search you can ask your attorney (if you have one) whether they can file something like this on…

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DAILY TOOL: I told the Judge No, Now What? Protect Yourself from Family Court Discovery…

TOOL OF THE DAY: A Simple Proven Method for Protecting Yourself from Discovery CATEGORY: Family Law Procedure When a divorce is filed, the judge makes orders right away. These orders trigger things that you will be told that you have to do. We help you understand what is happening in ways that your attorney might…

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DAILY TOOL: Help How Do I Prove a Statute Unconstitutional?

TOOL OF THE DAY:  When is a statute constitutional or unconstitutional? CATEGORY: Family Law Okay so you told the court that you believed the statute was unconstitutional, but the Judge disagreed and said that the appellate court in other cases found the statute that you are challenging as constitutional, now what? Can you salvage this…

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Daily Tool: Habeas Corpus Sample for Protection if you Refuse to Submit to Family Court Orders…

TOOL OF THE DAY:  Habeas Corpus Motion Sample CATEGORY: Family Law Procedure Are you facing a hearing where the court is threatening to hold you in contempt for not giving in to demands for a psych eval, custody eval, social study or something else that invades your privacy? Everyone could use a little protection when…

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Daily Tool: Protecting Your Child During and After Divorce

TOOL OF THE DAY: Protecting Your Child During and After Divorce CATEGORY: Family Law Protective parents are feeling frustrated and powerless. Let’s take a look at what some are considering protective. “It is my job as a father to protect my son. I don’t agree with the mother’s decision to take my son to a counselor…

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Daily Tool: Equal Parenting Time Doesn’t Get You Equal Treatment from SSA

Daily Tool: Equal Parenting Time Doesn’t Get You Equal Treatment from Social Security Administration CATEGORY: Family Law Definition Did you know that the Social Security Administration is going to discriminate against you if you put the words “primary residential parent” or “physical residence” of the child is the other parent in your final parenting plan or…

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Daily Tool: The 4 Steps for Entering Your Evidence

Daily Tool: Evidence…Entering Your Evidence CATEGORY: Family Law Procedure You’ve addressed some objections and now you want to make your case, but you just don’t know how to get the evidence onto the record. There is nothing worse than being frustrated because you cannot use any of your evidence because you don’t know the procedure…

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Daily Tool: Steps for Fighting a GAL

“It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.”― Benjamin Franklin TOOL OF THE DAY:  Steps for Fighting the Appointment of a GAL CATEGORY: Family Law Due Process Okay, you argued that you don’t believe that the judge should speak to your child in chambers and you used the confrontation clause from yesterday’s post…

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