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Table of Contents 2019, FamilyCourtMatters.org’s Posts + Pages: January 1 – AUGust 31 (so far).

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This Table of Contents 2019 is leaner and less cluttered than any previous ones, however unlike my most massive earlier ones (2012-2014, 2016, 2017) it incorporates any new pages by date published.

Table of Contents 2018 (<~second version, published March 24, 2019; short-link ending “-9y7”) also includes pages.

Generally, I don’t add pages often; some of the ones I added this year update my overall perspective to accommodate developments in family courts and family court reform movements, nationwide and internationally.

Also “Of Interest:” I started a project this year under duress to preserve content from another of my family-court-related blogs on a non-Wordpress platform, shows up as an April 7 post  —  see “The Family Court Franchise System” (Blogspot.com, 2012 only, 40 posts and 7 Pages) Is Now Grafted into FamilyCourtMatters.org here (WordPress.com) as of April 7, 2019 [Updated (shortened) July 2-5, 2019]. Despite the time and effort spent merging these information onto FamilyCourtMatters.org here,  I haven’t yet hit “Go” to individually re-publishing the saved posts.  Browse the list of post titles (I called it “index” to distinguish from these tables of contents) to see subject matter I’ve been studying all these years. Organizations and situations are named; these organizations and situations continue active, some still “volatile,” still.


This also demonstrates in part how long I have been reporting on such things, without charge, in the public interest, and on my own initiative.  Whether that’s the “mother” in me, or the heightened sense of justice which comes, perhaps, from surviving years of (marital) abuse, someone else can judge, but a few times this year, including two posts on June 29, I did state “Why I Continue to Bother…”

As of August 31, there are about three dozen posts and pages (mostly posts).


Table of Contents 2019, FamilyCourtMatters.org’s Posts + Pages: January 1 – August 31 (so far).(Shortlink ends “-ayV”.  Just under 6,000 words. Posted August 5. (This post shows on the table, for August 5th, and now on top right sidebar, a few links below “Current Posts+.” widget) (as originally posted, it only extended through July 31).

Link to this Table of Contents is the sidebar, on “Current Posts” widget.  Right now it’s not sticky; if that changes, you’ll see it pinned at or near the top of this blog.  As of Aug. 31, 2019, I’m adding a link to this table to the top of several recent posts (not all of 2019 posts) for convenience.

So far it’s only for almost the first three quarters of the year.  Assuming the blog continues to grow, I’ll update this Table of Contents, probably at the end of each month, up through December 31, 2019.

I included separate rows with tags for some posts, immediately beneath the table row for their respective posts, labeled “TAGS” in the left column and “n/a” in the right.  I labeled “Sticky” posts “STICKY” in the left column, no extra highlighting.  Any new pages are highlit yellow.  So far this table of contents, FYI, is not marked sticky, simply because the top of the blog is getting crowded.

Underneath the table are some excerpts in the form of screenprints from a few posts I felt held substantial drill-downs and relevance; i.e., I felt that if you understood those, you could understand similar situations and the larger landscape in which our family courts operate (“transferable skills” and awareness).

Post Layout:  Overview (pale-pink), some quick “legend” (explaining the table and use of short-links), the Table, below it some excerpts as I mentioned just above.  Nothing too fancy.

2019 Overview: This year was hard work on several posts, including merging a blog, completing previous year’s tables (2018), cleaning it up, and no real cessation in ongoing attention to key situations.  I continue do this innately, no matter what the season, and hope some day to have more people, others with whom I can discuss this — as opposed to others who may wish me to do their own “homework” for their specific situations, rather than starting to do it themselves — and teaching others how to, or (more common) others who wish I would quit looking things up and bringing things up about the standard “family court practices” advocacy which just, apparently, can’t handle the topics I keep bringing up.

I used to jump to attention more often when specific requests or crises showed up.  Right now, they could surface in almost any state, so I’ve continued to focus on specific KEY states which provide clear examples of how the family courts were set up, and what types of programs are being run through them, and how (where clear enough) financed by both public and private sectors.

In 2019, as other posts have brought up, I was completing an interstate move begun last summer, under duress and having already been forced out of anything sustainable (i.e., a rental lease).  I am still operating solo as to the blog, and for the most part, this type of research and reporting.  I worked hard this year to make it more approachable and complete (tables of contents) and may be reaching (or beyond) the limits of what a blog, only, can convey, without a live person to point to it, run a workshop, etc. — activities my personal situation, for now, precludes doing.


Perhaps some of us — should agreement in lines of research develop or converge–  should form a “semi-secret” society like those I keep running across evidence of, sell it under “social science – economics, “comparative public/private accounting”, get an on-line professional journal started (someone will have to show up with a PhD I guess) and have our own peers review articles. That’s after all, what several key organizations involved in family courts (in various countries) have already done….  Maybe some university could be persuaded to name a special center after it… or we could get an NIJ grant to study other NIJ (and HHS) grants usage in social science R&D and organizations historically tasked with evaluating the same..

(I believe it’s the June 22, 2019, “By Now We Should Know” post which takes on the concept of using the word “professionals” as opposed to specifying “in WHAT” by a certain international, multi-disicplinary organization. But memory sometimes fails, which is where tables of contents (and writing things down!) helps!)

“JUST kidding…”

Just in case, though, I’ll work on some catch-phrases, sound-bytes, and buzz-words… The key seems to be, pick a phrase — just two or three words are all that’s needed —  pick words SO common they’re in use everywhere, assign a context-specific meaning we understand, but the general usage has so many different meanings, no one else would.  Arrange any two of them so it’s unclear whether one is a verb or not, although verbs should be avoided unless they are to STOP something no one could really disagree with — like “Stop Violence”…

Anything with the words Child | Family (or ‘Families’) | Prevent, Stop or End | “Abuse” in any area should do.  Better yet, add “Community” “Action” or “Educate” “Resource Center” “Clearinghouse” “Center” “Initiative” “Coalition” (ad lib, ad infinitum)….

Tweak it some, get the downloadable webinar going… certify others in OUR version of truth, keep it going….such a deal. If it’s an utter failure (like so many existing ones), just add a “QIC” (Quality Improvement Center)… get conference locations in whatever our personal “bucket list” global destinations might be …

(Just describing what I’ve seen in practice…and still, somewhat, just kidding…)

I haven’t decided yet whether to make this another gol-danged “sticky” post, or what to do if I decide not to.  Applying total structural consistency in format can be a roller-coaster ride when you’re running things impromptu from the start.  I’m also tired of being constantly on poor-quality databases, or high-quality (but showing clear bias in their owners) academic journals, plowing through footnotes and bibliographies without the audience to talk to them about who’s on — and not on– those footnotes and bibliographies, in terms of unstated organizational affiliations.

Meanwhile, enjoy browsing the titles, tags, or added visuals (images, an embedded tweet or two) content below the table of contents.

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