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It's Time To Help Parents and Children By Passing HJR NN

It's Time To Help Parents and Children By Passing HJR NN

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Letter to all members of the Michigan House Cosponsoring Joint Resolution NN, asking them to approve it, as it has sat without action in the House Judiciary Committee since January.
Letter to all members of the Michigan House Cosponsoring Joint Resolution NN, asking them to approve it, as it has sat without action in the House Judiciary Committee since January.

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Published by: DougDante on Jul 31, 2008
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All members of the Michigan House Cosponsoring Joint Resolution NN,Your House Joint Resolution NN, asking the voters to approve an amendment toMichigan's constitution recognizing the fundamental rights of parents to raisetheir children, has sat without action in the House Judiciary Committee sinceJanuary.http://legislature.mi.gov/mileg.aspx?page=getobject&objectname=2008-HJR-NN&query=onAs the US Supreme Court held in Troxel V Granville, parents have a fourteenthamendment due process right to heightened protection against governmentinterference with their fundamental rights and liberty interests, including thecare, custody, and control of their children. This amendment would ensure thatMichigan courts understand this federal right and protect it in all stateproceedings.These due process rights of parents to care for their children are notconsistently being respected in Michigan's courts today, and that is having anegative impact on parents and their children.For example, a recent child custody survey that I conducted showed serious flawsin mediation, and a disconcerting pattern of rubber stamp rulings by judges onmatters of child custody:82% of respondents who met with a mediator felt that he or she did not act with"honesty, integrity, and impartiality"85% of respondents who met with a mediator felt that he or she was not a neutralthird party. (MCR 3.216)89% of respondents who met with a mediator felt that he or she did not facilitatecommunication between parties to promote settlement (MCR 3.216)32% of respondents did not, or believed that they did not, meet with a mediator(MCL 552.513)94% of respondents reported that referees either issued no report, issued a reportthat was substantially identical to that of the custody evaluator, or took otheractions with the same effect. (MCL 552.507)0% of respondents who requested de novo hearings reported that judges made adifferent conclusion on de novo review. Many respondents reported irregularitieswhen selecting “other”. See reporthttp://www.scribd.com/doc/3123830/Michigan-Child-Custody-Survey-ReportRenee Beeker, chair of the National NOW Family Law section also recognizes theseproblems, condemning "so-called neutral court evaluators who sit with litigants onone side of the courtroom", and womensnews.org says "These rulings, advocates say,can decide a child's primary caretaker for years but they may be based on briefencounters with a family"http://www.womensenews.org/article.cfm?aid=3660Children are harmed when we ignore the rights of their parents to protect them.As the US Supreme Court has repeated over and over:

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