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Jeanne M. Hannah

Char, I agree with you completely that all threats and red flags for domestic violence should be taken seriously. I have written extensively about how victims of domestic abuse can protect themselves and their children by taking precautions. You can find those articles at this hyperlink:


"These threats by abusive parents seem common. They worry the other parent no matter how absurd they may seem to us as family law lawyers."...absurd? Statistics show that 70%+ women are killed "after" leaving the abusive ex. I take my ex's threats quite literally and I am in constant fear of my children's and my own life. I am forever looking over my shoulder. The threats, stalking, and emotional abuse are real. I am also looking online daily for answers and for support.

Jeanne M Hannah

The Friend of the Court has its detractors, of course. Single parents sometimes express an opinion that opting out (after a divorce)is a good thing and that the FOC unfairly convinces the other parent not to do so because of self-interest -- because the FOC Office will lose monies if a parent leaves the program.

Here's another example of a service provided by Michigan Family Courts with the help of the FOC. It's called the S.M.I.L.E. Program. The name stands for "Start Making It Livable for Everyone," the "It" being divorce or separation, of course. Participation is mandatory. Exceptions are made for military families on active duty. A great summary description is found here.


An attorney friend of mine from Michigan, now living in California frequently mentions this program.

He does so because California seems destined to continue getting kids killed. (see

Unfortunately California's Chief Justice Ronald George, who convened the Elkins Task Force in an effort to address California's extremely dysfunctional family courts, invited then rejected the public.

Shortly thereafter the Elkins Task Force became instead, a Ponzi scheme of so-called good intentions - flush with the very judges about whom a public outcry has been raised.

See the San Diego section of

Sadly, a press release trilling its success can be expected to be released, along with self-congratulatory fanfare, shortly.

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