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#762993 - 06/10/13 01:28 PM Colorado Early Neutral Assessment
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Please warn Colorado parents about the “Early Neutral Assessment” role that has no checks and balances, no standardized training and no Chief Justice directive. Check with Parents United for Change.com or the Equal Parenting Coalition for more information if you have been court ordered to use the “Early Neutral Assessment” role.

“Early Neutral Assessment” is the latest attempt for those working in the Colorado divorce industry to con families in conflict out of tens of thousands of dollars. It is a new name for the same old same old. There is an Early Neutral Assessment YouTube “talking heads” video on this new name for the same old same old practices by the same old same old individuals.

The “talking heads” Early Neutral Assessment (ENA) video reminds one of a late night infomercial for the latest diet or exercise gimmick with claims to change your life and your body in a matter of days. But there is no data or research to substantiate their claims. It is definitely one of those “buyer beware” roles. Google Colorado Early Neutral Assessment to watch the video.

The Colorado legislature had heard story after story of what was happening to families and their children as a result of the lack of accountability and checks and balances for those who were being appointed to serve as a CFI or other family court helper roles. The legislators removed the mental health immunity for those serving as family court helpers in parenting time disputes. This is helping to restore accountability.

Colorado’s chief justice updated the Chief Justice Directive for the Child and Family Investigator(CFI) role, standardized CFI training, set financial limits on what could be charged for court appointed services, and established a complaint process for the CFI role. And it is working. Hence the need for those old timers working in Colorado divorce industry to create a new and groovy role that a family could be court ordered to use.

The 2013 session included legislation that does not allow the appointment of a parenting coordinator (PC) in abuse cases (HB13-1259). This is another role that was advocated for by the divorce industry and was legislated in 2005 and given civil immunity in 2009 by the legislature. There were promises of a Chief Justice directive that would establish accountability and checks and balances. This never happened. There are repeated parent complaints (both fathers and mothers) about those serving as court appointed PC’s.

One of the old timers in the “talking heads” YouTube Early Neutral Assessment video was providing presentations on the PC role before it was even legislated and promoting it as the greatest thing since sliced bread. I was reminded of it when I watched him in the “talking heads” infomercial for the Colorado Early Neutral Assessment role.

These family court helper court appointed roles and efforts have been aided by the enmeshed and codependent relationships those working in the divorce industry have established with Colorado magistrates and judges.

The most egregious example of the codependent and enmeshed relationships between the courts and the divorce industry happened when Jefferson County Magistrate Chris Voisenet allowed a court hearing for 18 contempt charges against Catherine Keske and shortly after the hearing began ordered her to be incarcerated WITHOUT work release. Catherine is a full time college professor and had no previous criminal history.

This happened shortly after Catherine had testified before the legislature advocating for more accountability in our family courts.

There was recently another jailing of a parent on what appeared to be bogus contempt charges in a family court case. Tax payer dollars are being wasted in an effort to keep an industry that has existed with no checks and balances and little or no oversight alive. An industry that has been subsidized by taxpayer dollars that are intended to fund our courts and prisons.

The Keske case had three different court appointed family court helpers who all generated reports (at a cost of thousands of dollars to the parents) and recommendations for the courts. The recommendations and reports were conflicting from report to report. But great amounts of money were generated for the divorce industry as a result of these reports.

These practices have failed to protected adult and child victims of abuse. There is no follow up or efforts to learn from these practices so the family court helper roles can be improved upon and refined so as to reduce state dollars being spent on our justice system and prison system and to reduce dollars spent by families.

The latest family court helper role attempts to continue the same old practices under a new name—the Early Neutral Assessment process.

Please protect your family and warn other Colorado parents about this role that has no checks and balances, no standardized training and no Chief Justice directive. Check with Parents United for Change.com or the Equal Parenting Coalition for more information if you have been court ordered to use the “Early Neutral Assessment” role.

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#762994 - 06/19/13 01:02 AM Re: Colorado Early Neutral Assessment [Re: jenniemac]
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I read her case. She's clearly guilty of contempt of court and feels above the law. Whether the punishment is appropriate or not I don't know.

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#762995 - 06/21/13 04:57 PM Re: Colorado Early Neutral Assessment [Re: jenniemac]
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I think you missed the point. C. Keske was unduly reprimanded at tax payers expense to keep her from speaking out about the lack of accountability we have in Colorado courts.

The father's attorney filed 18 contempt charges against her--most of which appear to have been unfounded. Had the magistrate read the file before the hearing perhaps he could have been aware of this. The magistrate wasted valuable tax payer dollars trying to make an example of Ms. Keske. In fact she was actually jailed twice. The second time she had to be transported to a court hearing in another county. Another great waste of tax payer dollars by the Jefferson County magistrate in an effort to silence discussion of the lack of accountability in our family courts and the resulting depletion of tens of thousands of dollars of family financial resources and tax payer dollars.

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#762996 - 06/21/13 08:46 PM Re: Colorado Early Neutral Assessment [Re: jenniemac]
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Unduly reprimanded?

Nope, she's guilty of contempt of court. SHE caused the use of public dollars to spent on her.

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#762997 - 06/24/13 04:25 PM Re: Colorado Early Neutral Assessment [Re: MinnesotaMom]
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Sorry but SHE did not cause the public dollars to be spent on her. Magistrate Viosinet did.

The father was also in contempt for not allowing one of the children to see his mom. No jail time for him.

The child this last set of litigation was about was a special needs child. The father had litigated for custody of this child and six months after the jailing of the mother, relinquished all parental rights.

Sounds like you are someone from the courts trying to defend a less than competent magistrate. Or a magistrate who will allow 18 mostly bogus contempt charges--regardless of the best needs of the children in this case--to be brought against the mom. What kind of family law group would want to have an attorney like that as part of their staff. Blatantly ignoring the needs of the child in order to harass the mother. I feel very sorry for the children in this case. They are the victims of Colorado's broken family court system.

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#762998 - 06/27/13 04:57 PM Re: Colorado Early Neutral Assessment [Re: jenniemac]
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From what I read beyond the court case (which has limited info), the children are the mostly the victim of their mother's actions. Sorry, that's the way it is. Second in line is the father. Third is the deliberate conflict each causes with each other, and fourth is the court, who's judge would probably pull the kids from both these parents if he could.

Is the system broken? There's always room for improvement. In this case, it's the parents that are broken, who hate each other more than they love their children.

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#762999 - 07/03/13 11:11 PM Re: Colorado Early Neutral Assessment [Re: MinnesotaMom]
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The family court system in Colorado is broken. When we have atty who can represent a parent and ignore the best needs of the children and deplete thousands of dollars of family resources and a magistrate who provides support for those actions, the system is broken. And then we try to make the parent the scapegoat to cover up the problems with our family courts and the family court industry.

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#763000 - 07/07/13 02:46 AM Re: Colorado Early Neutral Assessment [Re: jenniemac]
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[quote]The family court system in Colorado is broken. When we have atty who can represent a parent and ignore the best needs of the children and deplete thousands of dollars of family resources and a magistrate who provides support for those actions, the system is broken. [/quote]

You've just described the family court system in all 50 states.

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#763001 - 08/05/13 10:57 PM Re: Colorado Early Neutral Assessment [Re: MinnesotaMom]
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This is a Colorado forum and many parents and some legislators who have been become keenly aware of the multitude of problems due to lack of checks and balances and accountability are working to rectify the family court failings in Colorado. HB 1259 should help. I know minnesotamom (who has many, many posts on the main forum) says it won't work. Those who helped research and write the bill (over 18 months of work by a work group of attorneys and mental health professionals) commented that minnesotamom probably doesn't understand Colorado law and how the Colorado courts work.

Interesting that minnesotamom had access to the Keske file.

The multitude of minnesotamom posts on the main forum leads one to believe minnestoamom could be someone from the family court industry.

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#763002 - 08/06/13 06:20 PM Re: Colorado Early Neutral Assessment [Re: jenniemac]
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Just the opposite. Take the whole system down and start over.

"Interesting that minnesotamom had access to the Keske file"

Gee, I used some program called Google, if you've ever heard of it.

I read the case. The system is broken, but not because of the case you brought out. Keske appears to not like to follow court orders and do what she pleases at her child's expense, and she paid the price for it.




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