"It's not
important which
talents we have.  
What is important
is how we use the
ones we have to
help others."
Overview of How to Change a Law
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Barbara Bentley
1.    I believe in the four P’s:  passion, planning, patience, and persistence.  These must be used during the process to change a law.

2.    Refer to my book “A Dance with the Devil: A True Story of Marriage to a Psychopath”  
a.       Several chapters deal in detail with how I changed the law.
b.       My law is listed on my website

3.   Are you emotionally able to invest the time and energy, and sometimes finances to make it through the system?  
a.        That is, have you recovered enough to be able to focus on the task?  
b.        Are you strong enough to begin to help others or are you still working through your issues?
c.        Can you afford to spend money to travel, mail letters, or whatever else may be required?

4.   What law do you want to change and how do you want to change it?  
a.        Be specific.
b.        Will you modify existing law or create a new section?
c.        Determine as best you can how many and whom will be helped by the law.
d.        Gather supporters who will back your efforts.

5.   I list agencies on my website that may be of help in your state.

6.    Contact agencies or their founders to see if there is something already being done where you can help. I list agencies on my website under
Family Court that deal with legal issues and these may be of help directing you in your state. It will take time to research this aspect.  

7.    Contact your state and national representatives to see if there is any pending legislation which you can help support. Ask them for information
on how to change the law in your state if there is no pending legislation that covers the changes you want to make.

8.    Consider that THE LAW WILL PROBABLY NOT BE RETROACTIVE to help you in your circumstance.

9.    Each state is different so it’s not possible to be specific about the process.  But overall…
a.        Write a compelling letter stating what law you want to change and why.
b.        Mail the letter to your local state and national representatives (senators, representatives, etc.)
c.        Find other victims who will come forward and support the changes.