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Family Innocence is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit, dedicated to keeping families out of court, resolving conflicts and injustices peacefully.

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  • Family Innocence’s attorney Michelle MacDonald and Barb Zorn are planning on doing a training “Advanced introduction to Restorative Circles” at the 2018 International Conference on Restorative Practices – Restoring Self-Restoring Community-Restoring World, taking on August 9th through 11th at Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN.   For more information, call Michelle MacDonald at 651-783-5878 or email clerk@Family Innocence

    2018 International Conference Restorative Practices

    Family Innocence’s attorney Michelle MacDonald and Barb Zorn are planning on doing a training “Advanced introduction to Restorative Circles” at the 2018 International Conference on Restorative Practices – Restoring Self-Restoring Community-Restoring World, taking on August 9th through 11th at Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN.   For more information, call Michelle MacDonald at 651-783-5878 or email clerk@Family Innocence

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  • Attorney Michelle MacDonald,  Barb Zorn and David Bradshaw are the group of  lawyers, judges, mediators, mental-health professionals, former Minnesota legislators, and lay-people that have been meeting twice a month for over two years conceptualizing and fine-tuning the Cooperative Private Divorce process, now in it’s final stage. The Family Innocence Process (“FIP”) cooperates perfectly with the  Cooperative Private Divorce process, as we educate family members to avoid court, participate in Family Circles, mediation, and alternative dispute resolution , and go to court only […]

    At Last, Family Innocence Friendly Legislation – Divorce Without Courts coming soon

    Attorney Michelle MacDonald,  Barb Zorn and David Bradshaw are the group of  lawyers, judges, mediators, mental-health professionals, former Minnesota legislators, and lay-people that have been meeting twice a month for over two years conceptualizing and fine-tuning the Cooperative Private Divorce process, now in it’s final stage. The Family Innocence Process (“FIP”) cooperates perfectly with the  Cooperative Private Divorce process, as we educate family members to avoid court, participate in Family Circles, mediation, and alternative dispute resolution , and go to court only […]

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  • It took attorney Michelle MacDonald 25 years to recognize that the way attorneys and courts break up families is beyond-a-reasonable-doubt objectionable. Alongside her clients, other attorneys, mediators and professionals, Michelle founded FAMILY INNOCENCE, a nonprofit dedicated to keeping families out of the adversarial court process. Within a year of her calling to eliminate court for families, the Family Innocence Process was created, a unique model where separating or separated family members choose to participate at […]

    What is the Family Innocence Process ?

    It took attorney Michelle MacDonald 25 years to recognize that the way attorneys and courts break up families is beyond-a-reasonable-doubt objectionable. Alongside her clients, other attorneys, mediators and professionals, Michelle founded FAMILY INNOCENCE, a nonprofit dedicated to keeping families out of the adversarial court process. Within a year of her calling to eliminate court for families, the Family Innocence Process was created, a unique model where separating or separated family members choose to participate at […]

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    Family Innocence Process (“FIP”) is a new Model

     

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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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  • MN Private Cooperative Divorce Team met with Rep John Lesch at the Capitol complex today to discuss HF 1348. Family Innocence was represented by Michelle MacDonald,Barb Zorn and Dave Bradshaw. Here is a link to the proposed statute : https://legiscan.com/MN/text/HF1348/2015  

    MN Private Cooperative Divorce Is In The Works

    MN Private Cooperative Divorce Team met with Rep John Lesch at the Capitol complex today to discuss HF 1348. Family Innocence was represented by Michelle MacDonald,Barb Zorn and Dave Bradshaw. Here is a link to the proposed statute : https://legiscan.com/MN/text/HF1348/2015  

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  • The Family Innocence Presents: Resolving Conflicts Takes Practice! Family & Restorative Circle Practices/Orientations are held every  other Wednesday . Call to register and verify location. Share a conflict with trained Circle facilitators, or come  to observe and learn a way to resolve conflicts on your own: Every other Wednesday  at 5:45 PM . Family Innocence Headquarters: 1069 S Robert Street, Suite B W. St. Paul, MN 55118 So we know your coming and to verify […]

    Resolve a Conflict by having it! Bring your conflict to Family Circle Orientation

    The Family Innocence Presents: Resolving Conflicts Takes Practice! Family & Restorative Circle Practices/Orientations are held every  other Wednesday . Call to register and verify location. Share a conflict with trained Circle facilitators, or come  to observe and learn a way to resolve conflicts on your own: Every other Wednesday  at 5:45 PM . Family Innocence Headquarters: 1069 S Robert Street, Suite B W. St. Paul, MN 55118 So we know your coming and to verify […]

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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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  •   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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  • http://www.startribune.com/politics/blogs/245271901.html This is important because..a non custodial parent can provide food ,clothing,shelter,transportation,medical care ,child care etc and still be charged with ‘non support’ if there is a adversarial custodial parent  or overzealous DA..sometimes its all about cash..   Attorney Michelle MacDonald and Family Innocence filed an amicus brief in this case.   Source: Abby Simon    

    Minnesota Supreme Court Reverses Conviction Of Parent Who Failed To Pay Child Support

    http://www.startribune.com/politics/blogs/245271901.html This is important because..a non custodial parent can provide food ,clothing,shelter,transportation,medical care ,child care etc and still be charged with ‘non support’ if there is a adversarial custodial parent  or overzealous DA..sometimes its all about cash..   Attorney Michelle MacDonald and Family Innocence filed an amicus brief in this case.   Source: Abby Simon    

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