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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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  • Michelle MacDonald, Tom Shimota, Louisa Hext, Janice Grenadier, Dawn and Brian Nelson and are at the national association of community and restorative justice conference in Denver, Colorado, educating and learning with 1600 others about restorative services in our communities, including family, churches, schools, prisons. Check out : Www.NACRJ.org Call Michelle at 612-554-0932 for more information See photos from the event:

    National Association of Community and Restorative Justice conference

    Michelle MacDonald, Tom Shimota, Louisa Hext, Janice Grenadier, Dawn and Brian Nelson and are at the national association of community and restorative justice conference in Denver, Colorado, educating and learning with 1600 others about restorative services in our communities, including family, churches, schools, prisons. Check out : Www.NACRJ.org Call Michelle at 612-554-0932 for more information See photos from the event:

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  • May 2019 come with an era full of new ideas, a time that is full of Hopes and Blessings that will make our lives better. For those who have had it bad may this new year take them to good place or event better, for those who were blessed and had it good, continue to bless them even better. May 2019 give strength to those who may face any special challenges life brings and the […]

    Happy 2019!

    May 2019 come with an era full of new ideas, a time that is full of Hopes and Blessings that will make our lives better. For those who have had it bad may this new year take them to good place or event better, for those who were blessed and had it good, continue to bless them even better. May 2019 give strength to those who may face any special challenges life brings and the […]

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  • It’s what I’ve been saying all along… Here is a video  explaining Restorative Justice. Traditional forms of achieving “justice” are counterproductive. Let’s implement restorative justice in our homes and families starting now!”—–Michelle MacDonald Media Center for Non-Violence   https://mettacenter.org/restorative-justice-animation-resources   The Metta Center for Non-Violence is a non-profit organization that encourages people in all walks of life to discover their innate capacity for nonviolence and to use its power strategically for the long-term transformation of […]

    Here is a video  explaining Restorative Justice

    It’s what I’ve been saying all along… Here is a video  explaining Restorative Justice. Traditional forms of achieving “justice” are counterproductive. Let’s implement restorative justice in our homes and families starting now!”—–Michelle MacDonald Media Center for Non-Violence   https://mettacenter.org/restorative-justice-animation-resources   The Metta Center for Non-Violence is a non-profit organization that encourages people in all walks of life to discover their innate capacity for nonviolence and to use its power strategically for the long-term transformation of […]

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  • Sheraton Hotel, Downtown Denver, Colorado June 14-16, 2019 June 13 Pre-Conference Workshops   Family Innocence founder, Michelle MacDonald, an attorney, mediator and restorative circle facilitator, has agreed to coordinate the “Restorative Room” throughout the Elevating Justice: Widening the Circle event.  Michelle is a member of NACRJ, and on the national planning team.  The “Restorative Circle Mat & Guide/Talking Peace” (copyright – familycourt.com),  a peacemaking tool for facilitators and participants alike, should be available before and during […]

    Elevating Justice: Widening the Circle

    Sheraton Hotel, Downtown Denver, Colorado June 14-16, 2019 June 13 Pre-Conference Workshops   Family Innocence founder, Michelle MacDonald, an attorney, mediator and restorative circle facilitator, has agreed to coordinate the “Restorative Room” throughout the Elevating Justice: Widening the Circle event.  Michelle is a member of NACRJ, and on the national planning team.  The “Restorative Circle Mat & Guide/Talking Peace” (copyright – familycourt.com),  a peacemaking tool for facilitators and participants alike, should be available before and during […]

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  • Unique Opportunity to Learn Circles! August 9-11, 2018 International Conference on Restorative Practices coming to St. Paul.   Hello. It’s Michelle MacDonald! Our family culture seems to go from conflict to attorneys and court. Either that, or they  dwell in conflict.  But there is a better way used around the country and the world.  I call it an authentic, holistic and organic justice —–that can happen before lawyers and courts are ever involved. There is […]

    Unique Opportunity to Learn Circles! August 9-11

    Unique Opportunity to Learn Circles! August 9-11, 2018 International Conference on Restorative Practices coming to St. Paul.   Hello. It’s Michelle MacDonald! Our family culture seems to go from conflict to attorneys and court. Either that, or they  dwell in conflict.  But there is a better way used around the country and the world.  I call it an authentic, holistic and organic justice —–that can happen before lawyers and courts are ever involved. There is […]

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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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