Archive for May 2015


A Call to Action ~ Together We Are Stronger (C2A)

Mike Boulette, an attorney practicing family law, offers his thoughts on the City Pages article “The Proxy” by Susan Du, featuring several parents involved with A Call to Action.

Mr. Boulette’s article is titled “City Pages Article Targets Guardian ad Litem Program”:

Some points I want to clarify:

The post begins with a dramatic flair: “And, in arguing for change, the article focuses all the ire and pain of thousands of divorced and separated families on a single, Hennepin County Guardian ad Litem…”

Actually, the article in the City Pages focused on 5 separate families who are a part of A Call to Action, and who all had Jamie L. Manning appointed to their case as Guardian ad Litem. There are also other families who have expressed concerns with Ms. Manning who are not included. These families initially began to talk after responding to a blog article, and then gathered in…

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Posted May 11, 2015 by justiceforpeyton in Uncategorized

Should a Guardian ad Litem Facilitate Mediation? My Experiences with GAL & Mediation   Leave a comment

Family Court Injustice

Should a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) be allowed to mediate between parties, assisting in coming to agreements about custody and parenting time, and facilitating communication? The Minnesota Rules of Guardian ad Litem Procedure say no. However, Guardians often assume the responsibility of mediator, or facilitate back and forth communication between parties, voluntarily. Judges also frequently call Guardians to be present during mediation, which often results in the Guardian performing mediation or influencing the process.

 Let’s start the discussion…What are YOUR thoughts on the role of a Guardian ad Litem? Should they perform mediation? And what should happen if a GAL violates the rules, and acts outside of their duties? Post your thoughts and experiences (use anon name to protect your identity) in the comments below!



In 2008, Hennepin County 4th Judicial District, Guardian ad Litem, Jamie L. Manning facilitated a mediation between my abusive ex…

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Posted May 11, 2015 by justiceforpeyton in Uncategorized