Norm Pattis: Chief Justice Seems Lost In Family Law Controversy
You know the state's Judicial Branch is bleeding when the chief justice takes to writing opinion pieces. I am not referring to legal opinions, mind you. I mean op-ed pieces designed and intended to influence lawmakers, as in the piece Chief Justice Chase Rogers penned, or had penned for her, in The Hartford Courant the other day.
Associated Press, The Connecticut Law Tribune
February 27, 2014
A group of parents who have struggled with Connecticut's family court system are hoping a close judicial confirmation vote will send a message to the General Assembly and ultimately spark reforms of a system they argue is unfair to them. The parents appeared Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the state Capitol to urge lawmakers to vote against the reconfirmation of Superior Court Judge Leslie Olear of West Hartford, a family court judge in Hartford, to a second eight-year term.
The second presentation of Divorce Corp. the movie at the Connecticut Legislative Office Building is such an important event that we urge you to write your legislator and let them know how urgent this matter is.
After many years of discussion, Court decisions, theorizing, and uncertainty, Massachusetts has now adopted an alimony system that may work better, has more concrete rules. It may turn out to be fairer to both parties. Only time and experience will tell.
As with its leadership in free public education, abolition of slavery, enactment of same-sex marriage laws and health care reform, in its thoughtful alimony reform, Massachusetts has once again has served as a progressive beacon to the country in its enactment of “An Act to Reform and Improve Alimony”.
Opinion: The Limited Appeal Of Limited-Scope Representation
"I understand why the head honchoes in the Judicial Branch like limited appearances. Some 80 percent of family litigants end up representing themselves. A contested divorce is part suicide, part murder. It stirs the deepest of passions, passions that litigants will spend everything to address.