Toby Hollander, Esq.
Guardian ad Litem, Parenting Coordinator
112 Ludlow Street, Portland, ME 04103
207.775.0721 phone
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My office is dedicated to improving the life of families going through separation and divorce in Maine.  I volunteer for many committees to work with the legislature, Courts, and other organizations to realize this goal.  I also attend, organize, and/or speak at many professional trainings around the country.  You will find below a sampling of the last five years.

Volunteer committees:

Full Case/Full Court Workshop, 2005. This Working Group was organized as part the Maine Department of Health and Human Services “Children’s Services Reform Initiative”. I represented Guardians ad Litem on this project.

Family Court Task Force, 2005-2006. This Committee was established by the Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Court and charged with reviewing the operational practices and procedures of the Judicial Branch’s Family Division and making recommendations for change to eliminate court events that create unnecessary costs and delays in family law cases with children. It was chaired by Justice John Nivison. I represented Guardians ad Litem on this Task Force.

Advisory Committee for Children and Families, 2007-2010. This Committee was established by the Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Court and charged with making a comprehensive review of the Guardian ad Litem system in Maine and making recommendations for improvement. This Committee was the former “Court Services Committee”, and followed a 2007 Report of Title 22 Guardian ad Litem Services authored by the Office of Program Evaluation and Governmental Accountability (OPEGA) provided to the Maine Legislature. I was one of several Guardians ad Litem appointed to this Committee by the Chief Justice.

Muskie Institute Bingham Project on Guardian ad Litem Education on Domestic Violence, 2010, Advisor.

Maine Guardian ad Litem Institute, 2004-present. Legislative Advocacy – As President of MEGALI, I have advocated and helped draft several reforms including the application of the Best Interest Standards and the GAL Roster to Juvenile Courts and the passage of the Parenting Coordination statute.

Professional development (2005-2010):

2010: Child Custody Evaluations, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Annual Conference, Cambridge, MA

The Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet, Maine State Bar Association, Portland, ME (Tanja only)

GAL's Role in Parental Rights & Responsibilities Cases when Domestic Violence is Present, USM's Muskie Institute & Bingham Program, Northport, ME

Trouble with Teens: Co-Parenting and the Adolescent Brain, Kids First Annual Conference, Freeport, ME (with Tanja)

Traversing the Trail of Alienation: Rocky Relationships, Mountains of Emotions, Mile High Conflict, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Denver, CO

Ontario Domestic Abuse Risk Assessment Training, Maine Guardian ad Litem Institute (organizer)

With the Child in Mind: Understanding the Effects of Childhood Maltreatment and Trauma to Inform Decision-Making, Administrative Office of the Courts, Augusta, ME

Adolescent Brain Development, Juvenile Justice Advisory Group, Portland, ME

2009: Guardian ad Litem Training, Administrative Office of the Courts, Augusta, ME (presenter, annually since 2004, initial training done in 1999)

Youth Participation in Court Proceedings, Family Division of Maine Courts, Portland, ME

The Ethics of My Cousin Vinny, Maine State Bar Association, Portland, ME

Parenting Coordination Training: Working with High Conflict Families, Maine GAL Institute & NH Parenting Coordinators Association, Saco, ME (organizer & presenter)

Tools for Working with Divided Parents: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Parental Alienation, Relocation and High Conflict, Kids First Annual Conference, Freeport, ME (with Tanja)

Advanced Domestic Violence Training for Guardian ad Litems, Domestic Violence Predominant Aggressor Training & Appointment Orders & Collection of GAL fees, Maine Guardian ad Litem Institute (organizer)

Forgiveness & Letting go of the past, Kids First Center, Portland, ME (with Tanja)

2008: Why we worry: Understanding and Treating Anxiety Disorders, Integrative Body Psychotherapy Institute, Portland, ME

Tools for working with high challenging clients: Axis II - What do you do?, Kids First Annual Conference, Freeport, ME (with Tanja)

Advanced Training for GAL's, Maine Guardian ad Litem Institute, Hallowell, ME (organizer & presenter)

Working with Families from other Cultures, Maine Guardian ad Litem Institute, Augusta, ME (organizer)

Representing Parents in Cases Where Sexual Abuse is an Issue, Maine State Bar Association, Portland, ME

2007: Advanced Training for GAL's, Maine Guardian ad Litem Institute , Hallowell, ME (organizer & presenter)

Harmfully Involved: Working with Families Affected by Substance Abuse, Administrative Office of the Courts, Portland, ME

Non verbal learning disabilities: from diagnosis to interventions for home & school, Transdisiplinary workshops, Freeport, ME

2006: Busting the Myths About High Conflict Divorce: An Interdisciplinary Workshop Providing Strategies for Legal and Mental Health Professionals, Kids First Annual Conference, Freeport, ME (with Tanja)

Great Debates in Child Custody Evaluation, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Atlanta, GA

The Role of the Guardian as Litem, Family Law Institute, Maine State Bar Association, Augusta, ME (presenter)

Discovery Common Ground: Creating Family - Centered Practice in Maine, Office of Family & Child Services, Child Welfare Training Institute, Freeport, ME

2005: Same Sex Parenting - The Creation of Separation of Family, Legal and Social Issues for Partners and their children, Kids First Annual Conference, Freeport, ME (with Tanja)

Effects of Domestic Violence on Children, Kid's First Center, Portland, ME

Youth Violence- Interdisciplinary approaches to prevention and intervention, Kids Legal Assistance of ME, Augusta, ME

Domestic Violence: Research and Implications for Practice, Administrative Office of the Courts, Augusta, ME

Parenting Coordinator Training, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Boston, MA