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  • At last – Family Innocence Friendly Legislation.  The current system assumes an adversarial posture. It needn’t be that way. Check out this editorial by (Judge) Bruce Peterson, and William Doherty   (Couples on the Brink Project)   http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentaries/296649391.html State Rep. John Lesch and state Sen. Sandy Pappas recently introduced a “cooperative private divorce” bill that creates an administrative pathway to divorce that skips the court system. If most divorces settle out of court and people […]

    Divorce without court: A helpful reform

    At last – Family Innocence Friendly Legislation.  The current system assumes an adversarial posture. It needn’t be that way. Check out this editorial by (Judge) Bruce Peterson, and William Doherty   (Couples on the Brink Project)   http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentaries/296649391.html State Rep. John Lesch and state Sen. Sandy Pappas recently introduced a “cooperative private divorce” bill that creates an administrative pathway to divorce that skips the court system. If most divorces settle out of court and people […]

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  •   Joshua Hare was homeless, and in legal trouble, when Michelle Lowney MacDonald’s daughter brought him home one Sunday telling him, “My mom can help”. Michelle recognized Joshua from Choir, and asked what happened to his song bird voice. By the time they finished discussing his case, Joshua was singing harmony in the kitchen for Michelle’s husband, Thomas, and offered to put music to words for Family Innocence. Joshua borrowed a pink guitar, from when […]

    Family Innocence Helps Kids Find Their Voice

      Joshua Hare was homeless, and in legal trouble, when Michelle Lowney MacDonald’s daughter brought him home one Sunday telling him, “My mom can help”. Michelle recognized Joshua from Choir, and asked what happened to his song bird voice. By the time they finished discussing his case, Joshua was singing harmony in the kitchen for Michelle’s husband, Thomas, and offered to put music to words for Family Innocence. Joshua borrowed a pink guitar, from when […]

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  • Article by: BRUCE PETERSON (Pictured at left: Judge Bruce Peterson…a heart as big as the world) Gov. Mark Dayton has "pocket-vetoed" the watered-down version of the joint child custody legislation promoted for the last decade and has urged the adversaries to collaborate on a bill for next year. The opposing statements that followed on this page ("Kids in the balance," June 1, and "Child-custody bill was problematic," June 13) didn’t sound especially collaborative. We may […]

    Time, perhaps, to get courts out of divorce

    Article by: BRUCE PETERSON (Pictured at left: Judge Bruce Peterson…a heart as big as the world) Gov. Mark Dayton has "pocket-vetoed" the watered-down version of the joint child custody legislation promoted for the last decade and has urged the adversaries to collaborate on a bill for next year. The opposing statements that followed on this page ("Kids in the balance," June 1, and "Child-custody bill was problematic," June 13) didn’t sound especially collaborative. We may […]

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  • If Restorative Justice Circles can resolve conflicts in communities where people  kill, beat, steal,  rape, fight, argue, lie, and totally ignore authority — it can undoubtedly transform conflict in our homes.  Of course who do you forgive more in a given day than the people you live with?  That’s why Family Innocence has implemented Restorative Justice Family Innocence Circles, to facilitate  “Soup to Nuts” conflicts in families, separated or together.  The process starts by sending  […]

    Gone Fishing – Family Innocence Reels in Champion Peacemaker, Dominic Barter

    If Restorative Justice Circles can resolve conflicts in communities where people  kill, beat, steal,  rape, fight, argue, lie, and totally ignore authority — it can undoubtedly transform conflict in our homes.  Of course who do you forgive more in a given day than the people you live with?  That’s why Family Innocence has implemented Restorative Justice Family Innocence Circles, to facilitate  “Soup to Nuts” conflicts in families, separated or together.  The process starts by sending  […]

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  • Attorney Michelle MacDonald and Family Innocence Advocate, Steve Latham are headed to the Minnesota Supreme Court. The Petition, challenging the constitutionality of the no “contact” provisions of ex parte (no notice) harassment restraining orders, as interfering with the right to parent, was GRANTED. Steve was arrested after forwarding emails of a church event, and after his son sent mom a text message — from the boy’s own cell phone. Also, during the trial, the Judge […]

    The Supreme Court is No Joke, your honor.

    Attorney Michelle MacDonald and Family Innocence Advocate, Steve Latham are headed to the Minnesota Supreme Court. The Petition, challenging the constitutionality of the no “contact” provisions of ex parte (no notice) harassment restraining orders, as interfering with the right to parent, was GRANTED. Steve was arrested after forwarding emails of a church event, and after his son sent mom a text message — from the boy’s own cell phone. Also, during the trial, the Judge […]

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  • Air date: January 19, 2013 Family Innocence Defined. Join host Michelle MacDonald on Relevant Radio as she discussed what defines Family Innocence. Listen to Family Innocence Defined: Print PDF

    Family Innocence Radio: Family Innocence Defined

    Air date: January 19, 2013 Family Innocence Defined. Join host Michelle MacDonald on Relevant Radio as she discussed what defines Family Innocence. Listen to Family Innocence Defined: Print PDF

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  • Minnesota Supreme Court Video Oral Argument State of Minnesota  in Supreme Court in the matter of Rew, and Obo: Vs James Allen Bergstrom. Brief and appendix of AMICI CURIAE THE FAMILY INNOCENCE CENTER FOR PAR Visit Minnesota Supreme Court Oral Arguments for a video of the Minnesota Supreme Court hearing of ”Family Innocence amicus hearing of a 50 year old order for protection for Rew V. Bergstrom” Print PDF

    Video: Family Innocence  Amicus Hearing

    Minnesota Supreme Court Video Oral Argument State of Minnesota  in Supreme Court in the matter of Rew, and Obo: Vs James Allen Bergstrom. Brief and appendix of AMICI CURIAE THE FAMILY INNOCENCE CENTER FOR PAR Visit Minnesota Supreme Court Oral Arguments for a video of the Minnesota Supreme Court hearing of ”Family Innocence amicus hearing of a 50 year old order for protection for Rew V. Bergstrom” Print PDF

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  • From the Tikkun Daily Blog by: Bruce Peterson on August 27th, 2012 My judicial career has been focused in family law, which is hopelessly behind in coping with 50% divorce rates and 40% unmarried parent rates. Family fragmentation on this scale, the worst in the world, is going to have devastating social consequences unless we soon develop more child-friendly legal and social structures. Possibilities for hope and healing are glimmering amid the dark violence and […]

    Science Meets Spirituality — The Case Against Divorce Courts

    From the Tikkun Daily Blog by: Bruce Peterson on August 27th, 2012 My judicial career has been focused in family law, which is hopelessly behind in coping with 50% divorce rates and 40% unmarried parent rates. Family fragmentation on this scale, the worst in the world, is going to have devastating social consequences unless we soon develop more child-friendly legal and social structures. Possibilities for hope and healing are glimmering amid the dark violence and […]

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  • After The Family Innocence learned that Restorative Justice Circles were successfully used in the most contentious family court cases by expert John Myser, Family Innocence advocates, including Barb Zorn joined peacemakers from around the world, at The Gandhi Institute in New York, to learn to facilitate circles from the master, Dominic Barter. A Miracle in Minnesota on All Saints Day.  Last year,  family law attorney Michelle MacDonald  prayed to Pope John Paul II  for a miracle to […]

    Circle My Family – All Saints Day Miracle Announced at Family Innocence Event.

    After The Family Innocence learned that Restorative Justice Circles were successfully used in the most contentious family court cases by expert John Myser, Family Innocence advocates, including Barb Zorn joined peacemakers from around the world, at The Gandhi Institute in New York, to learn to facilitate circles from the master, Dominic Barter. A Miracle in Minnesota on All Saints Day.  Last year,  family law attorney Michelle MacDonald  prayed to Pope John Paul II  for a miracle to […]

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  • The Family Innocence has been selected to appear in the Best of the Twin Cities 2012. From ProactiveResources.com: This series (Best of the Twin Cities) is produced by Proactive Resources. Our knowledgeable team of researchers and writers mine the wealth of current and readily available information to find the “Best” in your field. For more than 27 years, we have profiled some of the most influential lawyers, doctors, educational and financial institutions in the country, […]

    Family Innocence featured in BEST OF THE TWIN CITIES 2012

    The Family Innocence has been selected to appear in the Best of the Twin Cities 2012. From ProactiveResources.com: This series (Best of the Twin Cities) is produced by Proactive Resources. Our knowledgeable team of researchers and writers mine the wealth of current and readily available information to find the “Best” in your field. For more than 27 years, we have profiled some of the most influential lawyers, doctors, educational and financial institutions in the country, […]

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  •   FAMILY INNOCENCE FRIENDLY LEGISLATION – Cooperative Private Divorce Watch the press conference for the Minnesota Cooperative Private Divorce Project,  held for 0945-1030 on Wednesday 4 March at the State Office Building: Here Tim Kinley, host of Speechless MN,  covered the  press conference held at the capital with John Lesch and Susan Pappas, Members of the Cooperative Private Divorce team, on bills related to the concept of “cooperative divorce”. Where couples seeking divorce can work out […]

    Minnesota Private Cooperative Divorce Is Coming

      FAMILY INNOCENCE FRIENDLY LEGISLATION – Cooperative Private Divorce Watch the press conference for the Minnesota Cooperative Private Divorce Project,  held for 0945-1030 on Wednesday 4 March at the State Office Building: Here Tim Kinley, host of Speechless MN,  covered the  press conference held at the capital with John Lesch and Susan Pappas, Members of the Cooperative Private Divorce team, on bills related to the concept of “cooperative divorce”. Where couples seeking divorce can work out […]

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  • Air date: December 15, 2012 Dead Skunk in the Road. Restorative Justice Circles for Families. Joining host Michelle MacDonald are John Myser and Barb Zorn, Family Innocence Advocates and Restorative Justice Circle facilitators. Listen to Dead Skunk in the Road. Restorative Justice Circles for Families: The Family Innocence Show airs every third Saturday of the month at 9:00 am to 10:00 am on Relevant Radio 1330 AM. Upcoming programs will air: Saturday, January 19 Print […]

    Family Innocence Radio: Dead Skunk in the Road. Restorative Justice Circles for Families.

    Air date: December 15, 2012 Dead Skunk in the Road. Restorative Justice Circles for Families. Joining host Michelle MacDonald are John Myser and Barb Zorn, Family Innocence Advocates and Restorative Justice Circle facilitators. Listen to Dead Skunk in the Road. Restorative Justice Circles for Families: The Family Innocence Show airs every third Saturday of the month at 9:00 am to 10:00 am on Relevant Radio 1330 AM. Upcoming programs will air: Saturday, January 19 Print […]

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  • “Enjoy the Ride”

    "Enjoy the Ride" - One- Hit-Wonder-Boy, Joshua Hare and Family Innocence. Audio and video produced and recorded by Zac Wein (DJ WildFlower) all proceeds to Family Innocence. Donation of your choice.

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