Giving honor to God for life, loved ones, and health is a natural start to my day. It is a natural practice throughout the day that helps us stay centered on what really matters and a natural tendency in this season of thanksgiving and family. As one who represents parents, grandparents, and other family members in family court, I have the privilege to serve all kinds of people in need as they seek to raise their children, care for elderly parents, and make their way in life through major events (e.g., divorce, aging parents, co-parenting between two homes, etc.)

The opportunity of these life events is an opportunity to use the court system to be thankful. Yes, thankful. At the heart of the court system is the intention to reunite families and empower people to care for their loved ones. Although some of the parts of the court system do not always work well, the existence of the court is intended for the working and care of families.  For example, child welfare law indicates that the court should make "reasonable efforts to reunite the child and family” when a child is removed from the home. When a child is separated from their parents and/or caregivers it is a stressful event for all involved. The act of being thankful reduces stress and puts your focus where it needs to be. Accordingly, being involved in family court is an opportunity for families and parents to express their thankfulness for their children, their very own life and the process of reunification. The tendency for most parents, grandparents and caregivers in the court system is too often one of frustration, alienation, and opposition. I invite you to think of those you know that are going through some kind of court process with their family:  How could a spirit of thankfulness and gratitude impact the process? 

Stay tuned and I will share more about how to use the design of the system to your advantage with a spirit of thankfulness.