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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

JUDGE JANE B. EMONS CAUSES FAMILY COURT VICTIM HARM AND DAMAGE IN RELOCATION CASE!

Reappointment for Judge Emons
I do not support reappointment of Judge Emons due to my personal experience which has been far from the best interest of a handicapped child, and has left the child to continuously be psychologically abused for years and the custodial parent unable to provide safety from this abuse for the child.
In a case with blatant incidences of negligence of the family unit and the child’s best interest by the non-custodial parent, Judge Emons ignored all the clear evidence of Domestic Abuse, Parental Alienation and Coercive Abuse throughout the unnecessary 2-1/2 yrs. of court process.  
2013- 8 yrs. old handicapped Child awarded to return to private school to have supporting community through this devastating period of divorce and sudden death of favorite grandparent living with at home.
2013 Non-custodial parent gets child kicked out of private school 
2013-2015 Non-custodial parent cited 3 times for PARENTAL ALIENATION of custodial parent throughout the case.
Family Relations Dept. was ordered to do an investigation regarding relocation under 80 miles away citing multi-incidents of denigration of custodial parent to an 8 yr. old child w/handicap in front of investigator.  Investigator insisted this cease and decisis immediately, if not stop visitations or chaperone visitations.  This investigation was done closely with the Head of Family Relations and recommendations to allow relocation were concluded..
Judge Emons made it known to counsel of both parties that she represented the custodial parent’s family member in a case and was fond of them, all of which was unbeknownst to the custodial parent.  CONFLICT of Interest, never should have presided over case.
Judge Emons initially stated this was not a far move and fine to relocate for employment
Judge Emons ignored the devastation this child wwas encountering and overturned the evaluation and said she would disqualify it with no factual basis, and ordered a second investigation Family Relations Dept. 
Judge Emons ignored the psychological devastation for the custodial parent and child of living through this process while being forced to live at custodial parents dwelling after both of their deaths even though the GAL agreed with psychologists evaluations indicated needed to relocate to be out of the grandparents’ home.
Non-custodial parent threat w/gun resulting in arrest and automatic Criminal Court ordered a Protective Order for custodial parent.
Once relocation was agreed upon it was only to Greenwich and a child with a handicap at 9 yrs. old be left in child care while the mother commuted over 3hrs. each day.
2018 the child is struggling with psychological issues from the years of abuse resulting in  a secondary handicap Judge Emons refused to resolve for the best interest of the child.
It is quite clear our Judges have no training, nor wish to learn Domestic Violence issues within a Household to understand a child and the best interest or scenarios of the child’s future.  
Judge Emons rules with an uneducated, unjust gavel continuing the cycle of Family Violence that gets past down to the future generations.  Her court system is meant to strip families of their lives, their spirit, their education, and their moralities along with any small amount of monies as if they are sinners that need to repent until they die.  She hopes after which God, will send them to hell.  It wasn’t a courtroom by any stretch of the imagination that we encountered with Emons, it is an absolute vortex that does not allow the family to repair their lives and move forward in a healthy stable manner for the child’s best interest.  Judge Emons ignores Federally laws for the handicapped child, causing a secondary handicap.
Devastated, 

Anonymous and the Minor Child

REP. WILLIAM TONG VIOLATES THE PUBLIC'S RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

NYAPRS CALL TO ACTION IN DEFENSE OF THE ADA: FIGHT AGAINST H.R. 620!

*NYAPRS **Note: Join us in the fight to defeat H.R. 620 in the House of Representatives by participating in the following Days of Action: *

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*SAVE THE ADA! - 2/8/2018*

Next week, on *Wednesday, February 14 or Thursday, February 15*, the House of Representatives may vote on H.R. 620, a dangerous bill that strips away the civil rights of people with disabilities. *We hope you will join the
disability and civil rights communities to fight this terrible bill.*

H.R. 620, the so-called "ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017," says that businesses no longer have to be proactive and make sure that they are accessible to people with disabilities. Instead, a business can remain inaccessible until a person with a disability who has been denied access
jumps through multiple hoops to notify the business that it is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and then waits up to 6 months for the business to make "progress" in fixing the problem. These notice requirements and vague "progress" mean that it will be months before people with disabilities can see the doctor, or buy a cake, or eat at a restaurant with friends. *This bill is a travesty and upends the intent and purpose of the ADA. * No other individuals protected by our civil rights laws are treated this way and bear this burden. It is unacceptable.

*Please join us in the fight to defeat H.R. 620 in the House of
Representatives by participating in the following Days of Action: *

- *Friday, February 9- Monday, February 12: *SEND EMAIL ACTIONS urging members of the House to VOTE NO on H.R. 620;
- *Monday, February 12:* ASK your supporters and members to participate in the Save The ADA CALL IN DAY and tell their representative to VOTE NO on
H.R. 620;
- *Tuesday, February 13:* GET ON SOCIAL MEDIA (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and post your opposition to HR 620 all day long, using hashtags #HandsOffMyADA, #VoteNoHR620, #CripTheVote;
- Any day, SEND A LETTER of opposition to HR 620 to all House offices;
- *Day of the vote (possibly Wednesday or Thursday):* CALL AND TWEET all day and tell members of the House to VOTE NO!


On our website, you can find a list of resources
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and a toolkit
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of sample tweets, template action alerts, and phone scripts.

It has been 27 years since the passage of the ADA and yet people with disabilities still face enormous barriers. This bill will only make things worse, not better.

*Help us tell this Congress that the civil rights of people with
disabilities will not be bargained away.*

Thank you!

DOJ REPORT OF THEIR ADA COMPLIANCE REVIEW OF THE CT JUDICIAL BRANCH!



Friday, February 9, 2018

HEARING ON THE REAPPOINTMENT OF JUDGES, FEBRUARY 16, 2018!

Judiciary Committee 
PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA 
Friday, February 16, 2018 10:00 AM in Room 1E of the LOB

NOMINATIONS FOR REVIEW


I. To be a Judge of the Superior Court:

1. The Honorable Jon M. Alander of Hamden
2. The Honorable Laura F. Baldini of West Hartford
3. The Honorable James M. Bentivegna of Avon
4. The Honorable Susan Quinn Cobb of West Hartford 

5. The Honorable Susan A. Connors of Old Lyme
6. The Honorable John A. Danaher of West Hartford
7. The Honorable Maureen D. Dennis of Southport
8. The Honorable John C. Driscoll of Norwich
9. The Honorable Jane B. Emons of Woodbridge
10. The Honorable Robert L. Genuario of Norwalk
11. The Honorable James T. Graham of Bloomfield
12. The Honorable Arthur C. Hadden of Branford
13. The Honorable John F. Kavenewsky of East Norwalk


II. To be a State Referee


1. The Honorable Thomas A. Bishop of North Stonington 
2. The Honorable Richard F. Comerford, Jr. of Stamford 
3. The Honorable Thomas J. Corradino of Madison
4. The Honorable Dennis G. Eveleigh of Hamden
5. The Honorable Johnathan J. Kaplan of South Windsor 

6. The Honorable Joseph Q. Koletsky of Waterford
7. The Honorable Karen Sequino of Woodbridge
8. The Honorable Joseph M. Shortall of Bloomfield
9. The Honorable David R. Tobin of Old Greenwich 

THE POLITICS OF REFUSING A HUG!

By Valerie K. Lazarus,
B.A., race and gender studies, M.S., mass-media & education
BlogTalk personality, in propria persona U.S. family court custody litigant and researcher,
social networking engineer, former-mother, true sister and advocate
It is getting easier to walk away from the people I love.
I quit another church last week. When a power hierarchy impedes honest communication, it's time to go. It wasn't just the knucklehead who wouldn't keep his hands to himself, it's the paid choir director who expected me to carry the choir for free every Sunday. It's also the White pastor's Black husband who gave me the stink eye, silently labeling me a Bigot, trashing me to his biracial children who made it a point after that to look past me like I didn't exist. All because I wouldn't hug him one day after the choir sang.
How can you refuse a hug in a world where “the rules” only apply to women? I'm speaking as someone who once wouldn't hug my favorite film school professor who knew I was in a vulnerable situation, being ganged up on by other teachers. He was my only advocate, but after I rebuffed him, he became my worst enemy, denouncing me weeks later at a public screening.
You might wonder why I even give church a chance. Church has long been sanctuary to outlaws and outcasts. I'm both, and not just because I won't hug random men in random situations.
I was recently amputated from my family. It wasn't a one-and-done thing: imagine getting your toe torn off in a horrible accident and gangrene setting in. Twice. My daughter's father divorced me more than ten years ago and I was getting along without him just fine. Then he needed free childcare, and knowing family court would NEVER make him pay child support, he brought her to live with me for kindergarten, then kidnapped her out of school when she was in sixth grade.
There is no such thing as a single mother, unfortunately. Everyone needs to leave the house sometime. A trusted friend of the family moved in to help out several years after I'd been struggling alone and my health was declining, and once my baby was taken away, he grew gangrenous and had to be removed with two restraining orders and an eviction. To be honest, he was one of those men who's on his best behavior until he's in your house. Then you make do with someone who's irritable and verbally abusive most times because he's all you have when you need some alone time, help around the house and maybe an extra income. We've all been there.
And I had it better than many women I know of with multiple children, often having multiple opportunistic fathers using family court to gang up on the mothers of their children, who fight like Hell to protect one child, only to have the others taken away. You'd think these men would show more gratitude for all the free childcare they're getting. But I've heard Hell is full of people who don't know how to say Thank You, which is another reason I go to church.
Getting back to the man who recently left my life a year ago in early November, he was the final amputation. After that, I was truly alone. Some men don't want you to have ANY friends, and they gradually isolate you from every social situation, so I was starting at Ground Zero. I had absolutely no one, and I had to start over from scratch.
I found a new church to sing at because, being a woman alone, I've learned that if I find a place to do something I'm good at, nobody will ask why I'm there. Singing is one of those careers I've worked on for decades that I enjoy, and it's in that gray area of volunteer work that the people running the place are happy to get for free. So I sing and I hide and I put on a happy face, and everybody loves me because nobody knows anything about me.
So here are the rules for someone newly-liberated from domestic abuse: You show up regularly. You sit and listen to other people's conversations without being obvious. Now and then, you toss in a funny remark. If people make eye contact and laugh, you bring that little treat home for later. A week or two goes by, and people get used to seeing you. Maybe they confuse you with someone else and you play along to be part of things. They start involving you in superficial ways which feels like progress. Maybe they ask you a question about your life, so you tease a benign gem out of the wreckage like a wedding photo that somehow survived the fire that killed everyone in the house but you. You learn not to talk about your abducted child. If you slip, and she comes up by accident, you pretend she's old enough that people will think she grew up and left home on her own. Being with new people is a heady feeling and gives you that sugar rush. You hear how lucky they are to have you at their church because you sing so beautifully. You want to bottle up the compliments and joyous laughter and take it all home to drink when you're alone. Like most lies that come in bottles, they get you through tough times, but when the tingle wears off you're going to want to reach for something else.
That's when you get THE HUG. Most people really haven't stopped to consider how fraught this is for women. Think about it: men aren't expected to hug strangers.
When you're established as a woman in your little clique, you take for granted relationships you've forged over years of living up to other people's expectations. A hug is not an emotional thing, it's a greeting. Social shorthand for, “oh, it's YOU again. Well, hello. Goodbye.” When you're new, it's like dogs are coming up to sniff your butt.
THE HUG works one of two ways for a woman who is freshly liberated from an abusive relationship. Maybe you really DON'T want the hug and you want it to stop. You probably didn't feel yucky about it right away, but men are like vampires reading you to find out whether you're lonely and desperate. A married man who's feeling dissatisfied or pissed off at his wife will be thinking about that hug later. Or it could be some jerk who decides after a few weeks pass and he's gotten to know you better to grab you a second time during the passing-of-the-peace because he liked how it felt. Or he'll hold you too long. Or he'll wait and back into you as you're leaving the church kitchen, making some joke like, “We've got to stop meeting like THIS,” or “You're flirting with me!” And you're not, but like a good Christian woman you'll laugh it off and hurry away. Every church has at least one village idiot.
The other way it works is, you really DO want the hug, but you know it has to stop. It probably felt so right, you didn't even realize it the first time or the second time or even the fourth or fifth time it happened, but the man is unavailable. He could be married or gay or both. You weren't expecting these feelings to creep up on you, but they did, and now you can't tell anyone because YOU will be the church Harlot. Only naughty women like sex.
The fact is, we all need the human touch, but as a newcomer you find yourself making an odd tradeoff. To be part of civilized society and to live up to these ridiculous rules made only for women, you forego physical contact. You find a way to set up that ground rule that people mustn't touch you, which up until last October meant branding yourself as having a strange mental illness, because women aren't allowed to say No to a hug.
You may be a woman who refuses to set foot in a church. That doesn't mean The Rules don't apply to YOU.
You may be in a church that suffers from low attendance and bankruptcy. If you're clergy, maybe you should look at “the rules” of your church and admit there's a huge double standard. Garden-variety Protestant churches all over the United States would gain a lot from acknowledging and making responsible human sexual behavior a part of their curriculum and start by correcting the patriarchal adultery factory that has maligned, isolated and destroyed women and single mothers for centuries.
I mentioned I have numerous skills that people get comfortable, steady salaries doing for a living. As a single woman nobody would dream of paying me for something I volunteer at, like singing. At the church I just quit, I was left out of the Christmas program by my resentful choir director. Meanwhile, a male choir director at a different church where I sang at a later service paid a young woman nobody knew to sing descant instead of paying me to do it, even though I had been singing there for special events for months. It was obvious he did this so he wouldn't wake up in an empty bed on Christmas morning. Because I never got paid for singing, I didn't have money for gas to go to some event where the pastor's Black husband was performing, let alone a drink and the mandatory cover charge. Being social in church means spending money people don't realize you don't have because you're always forced to volunteer. A choir director at a Black church around the corner from my house asked me what I do for a living, and when I told him I'm on disability, his eyebrow went up. I told him if I didn't get disability, I'd starve because people expect me to work for free. My disability was being born without a penis.
So the village idiot who hugs me without my permission is really just a foil. It's like a diagnosis of halitosis when your real problem is that all your teeth are rotting out, and that's the condition of the Church today. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? The chicken, dummy: the egg can't raise itself.

Here is the writing on the wall: Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin. Until the Church starts treating women and mothers like sacred vessels of God instead of filthy harlots, the human race is doomed.

GOVERNOR DANNEL MALLOY TALKS FAIRNESS. HOW ABOUT FAIRNESS IN CONNECTICUT'S FAMILY COURTS?

Saturday, January 27, 2018

STROBEL V. STROBEL: THE QUINTESSENTIAL CUSTODY SWITCHING CASE!

Some of you may be familiar with the situation where a judge, citing Strobel v. Strobel, gives an order that certain Family Court litigants can no longer file motions to the Court without permission. I know Susan Skipp has faced this kind of order and it is also in place in connection to the Mathew Couloute case.  

For a long time, I actually laughed at this order and made light of it. I couldn't believe that Family Court would actuallly have the nerve to cut off litigants' access to justice.  As it turns out, however, the joke is on me because such an order is alive and well.  This is what motivated me to take a look at the Strobel v. Strobel order and the case itself that gave rise to it.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

THE CT JUDICIAL BRANCH IS SOLICITING COMMENTS ON THE REAPPOINTMENT OF JUDGES!

NOTICE OF EVALUATION OF 
INCUMBENT JUDGES WHO SEEK REAPPOINTMENT



The terms of the following Judges of the State of Connecticut will expire during the year 2019 and the nominations by the Governor will come before the Judicial Selection Commission for review commencing in February 2018.

There are 7 judges with terms expiring in 2019:

APPELLATE COURT
Hon. Alexandra D. DiPentima

SUPERIOR COURT

Hon. Barbara N. Bellis
Hon. Hunchu Kwak
Hon. Lisa K. Morgan
Hon. John M. Newson
Hon. M. Nawaz Wahla
Hon. Robin L. Wilson

Comments regarding the reappointment of any of the Judges on the Reappointment List for 2019 may be submitted to the Judicial Selection Commission, 18-20 Trinity Street, Hartford, CT 06106 on or before January 31, 2018. Reappointment interviews of the listed Judges will commence in February 2018 and continue through June 2018. Accordingly, comments received after January 31, 2018 will be considered if received prior to a Judge's reappointment interview. Anonymous submissions will be considered but afforded less weight than signed submissions. 

Robert S. Bello
Chairperson

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

DAVID MANDEL, SO-CALLED SAFE AND TOGETHER PROGRAMS, AND FATHERHOOD FUNDING!

By Doreen Ludwig,
Author of "Motherless America: Confronting Welfare's Fatherhood Custody Program"
website:  www.maccabuse.org
DAVID MANDEL


Domestic Violence Experts Do NOT Protect Parents From Legal Abuse – Is This Purposeful?
Researching the special interests and funding that built the current administrative structure of family court, I reviewed Dave Mandel’s “Safe Engagement of Fathers When Domestic Violence is Present:  Building a model response to domestic violence within the Responsible Fatherhood Programming.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS: LISTENING IN ON OBERGEFELL V. HODGES

By Valerie K. Lazarus,
B.A., race and gender studies, M.S., mass-media & education
BlogTalk personality, in propria persona U.S. family court custody litigant and researcher,
social networking engineer, former-mother, true sister and advocate

Come with me to the top of the stairs and listen! Mom and Dad are having a cocktail party and their friends from work are over; maybe we can learn some mysteries about their world. We can't see who's speaking, but if we're very quiet here in the shadow falling over the upstairs bannister, they won't see that we're up past bedtime.
This is how it feels to hear the audio of the Supreme Court argument on Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that legalized gay marriage.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

REFLECTIONS ON THE TASK FORCE OF 2013: WERE FAMILY COURT ACTIVISTS BETRAYED BY FATHER'S RIGHTS EXTREMISTS?

Sometime in the Summer of 2013, Jennifer Verraneault, a family court reform activist, contacted me and asked to meet with me to discuss family court reform.  Her partner, Jerry Mastrangelo had been engaged in a lengthy court battle to see his three triplets towards whom he had inexplicably been denied access.  

A year prior, she had taken the free Guardian Ad Litem class for the State of Connecticut and had been able to obtain certification despite not being a lawyer or having any background as a mental health professional.  In fact, to my knowledge, I wasn't even clear that she had a College degree.  I had also tried to sign up for that class, but the CT Judicial Branch had refused me admission, perhaps because I did have a college degree.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

DIVORCE IN CONNECTICUT'S TOP TEN BLOGS FOR 2017, IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER!

25 STRATEGIES DIVORCE ATTORNEYS USE TO KEEP YOU IN COURT AND FIGHTING!
http://divorceinconnecticut.blogspot.com/2017/11/25-strategies-divorce-attorneys-use-to.html

WOODY ALLEN AND THE POLITICS OF TOLERATION IN CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE CASES!
http://divorceinconnecticut.blogspot.com/2017/11/woody-allen-and-politics-of-tolerating.html

CALIFORNIA MOM ROISIN CASSIDY:  VICTIM OF AN ATTORNEY DISCOVERY SCAM!
http://divorceinconnecticut.blogspot.com/2017/02/california-mom-roisin-cassidy-victim-of.html

SHARED PARENTING PUTS MEN IN CONTROL AND LEAVES WOMEN AND CHILDREN POWERLESS! BY DOREEN LUDWIG
http://divorceinconnecticut.blogspot.com/2017/03/shared-parenting-puts-men-in-control.html

LEGAL OBSCURITIES AND LOOPHOLES USED TO OBSTRUCT A COUPLE'S FIGHT FOR JUSTICE IN "PREDICTIVE NEGLECT" CASE!
http://divorceinconnecticut.blogspot.com/2017/03/legal-obscurities-and-loopholes-used-to.html

THE CONNECTICUT JUDICIAL BRANCH DROPS A TON OF BRICKS ON JANE DOE'S HEAD.  FAIR?  UNFAIR?  YOU TELL ME!
http://divorceinconnecticut.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-ct-judicial-branch-drops-ton-of.html

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU EMPOWER A BULLY:  THE TRAGEDY OF MATHEW COULOUTE!
http://divorceinconnecticut.blogspot.com/2017/05/what-happens-when-you-empower-bully.html

FAMILY COURT ATTORNEYS IN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT HAVE WORSE REPUTATIONS THAN PEDOPHILES
http://divorceinconnecticut.blogspot.com/2017/06/it-was-tough-to-read-may-12-2017-ct-law.html

ATTORNEY ROSA REBIMBAS, ATTORNEY BRADFORD BARNEYS AND THE INJUSTICE OF THE STVAN V. STVAN CASE!
http://divorceinconnecticut.blogspot.com/2017/07/attorney-rosa-rebimbas-attorney.html

HOW CONSERVATIVE ATTACKS AGAINST SINGLE MOTHERS AND FEMINISM HAS IMPACTED FAMILY COURT!
http://divorceinconnecticut.blogspot.com/2017/10/how-conservative-attacks-against-single.html

Thursday, December 14, 2017

"FATHERING AFTER VIOLENCE" GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS PUT ABUSED WOMEN AND CHILDREN AT RISK!

By Doreen Ludwig,
Author of "Motherless America: Confronting Welfare's Fatherhood Custody Program"
website:  www.maccabuse.org


Does Family Court offer protection to mothers and children who are victims of domestic violence? Many believe that the answer is no because father's rights extremists have been able to establish government programs which keep women and children vulnerable to ongoing abuse from violent men.

One such program is the Fathering After Violence Initiative.

Based upon this Initiative, instead of protecting women and children who have been abused, the Family Court System has a government mandate to foster and encourage the violent father's relationship with the children he has abused, regardless of the damaging consequences. Thus, in cases of domestic violence, the primary Family Court service offered to women and children who have suffered from a father's physical violence is supervised visits with the primary end goal of reuniting the father and children, even when these fathers will very likely continue to be violent and abusive.

In other words, according to an assessment prepared by Dr. Jessica Pearson, the Co-Director of the Center For Policy Research, (a part of the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network - FRPN), and the California Access and Visitation report to legislators, violent dads are given “step” visitation, i.e. supervised visits leading to unsupervised custody in as little as ten visits.

Friday, December 1, 2017

DR. DONALD HEIBEL, THE HARVEY WEINSTEIN OF THE CT JUDICIAL BRANCH, REMAINS FREE TO CONTINUE HIS ASSAULTS ON FAMILY COURT VICTIMS!

In the wake of all these sex scandals including Bill O'Reilly, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Matt Lauer, Roy Moore, etc. there has been increased scrutiny surrounding powerful men who exploit their positions in order to sexually abuse or assault vulnerable women.

Often, people have asked how come no one spoke up about what was going on even though everyone knew what was happening. One of the reasons why so many men have gotten away with this kind of abusive behavior for years is because some women accepted settlements, signed confidentiality agreements, and simply faded away. This meant the perpetrators were free to abuse other women who were drawn into their orbit.  In connection to Family Court, we may have exactly that kind of situation in connection to well known Family Court psychologist, Dr. Donald Hiebel.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

THE CT JUDICIAL BRANCH FAMILY CIVIL INTAKE FORM: IS IT A PATRIARCHAL TOOL OF OPPRESSION!

*Ms. Doreen Ludwig, author of "Motherless America" provided the original inspiration for this article as well as a considerable amount of the material included in the article.  The Divorce in Connecticut website would like to acknowledge Ms. Ludwig's outstanding contributions on behalf of Protective Mothers and their children.

INTRODUCTION
This website has often spoken about the fatherhood funding provided by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services which has been pouring into the States by the billions and billions of dollars.  We have tracked how much of that money has been spent supporting abusive fathers in their custody battles in CT Family Court.  

In the early days of spending on fathers, the CT Judicial Branch took on the development of the Family Civil Intake Screen, a form which Family Services now uses to screen people when they apply to them for services.  The CT Judicial Branch is incredibly proud of this form.  In fact, this Intake Screen has been shipped around as a model of excellence to other State Family Court systems throughout the country.