Family Law Quarterly Vol. 42, No. 1: Spring 2008

    Family Law Quarterly Vol. 42, No. 1: Spring 2008

    Family Law Quarterly Vol. 42, No. 1: Spring 2008

    This special issue is a tangible culmination of the long and loud debate about lawyers for children. Its focus is not on whether but on how lawyers should represent children. The issue features the Uniform Representation of Children in Abuse, Neglect, and Custody Proceedings Act (URCANCPA), drafted by the National Conference ...
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    This special issue is a tangible culmination of the long and loud debate about lawyers for children. Its focus is not on whether but on how lawyers should represent children. The issue features the Uniform Representation of Children in Abuse, Neglect, and Custody Proceedings Act (URCANCPA), drafted by the National Conference of Commissions on Uniform State Laws (last revised and amended in 2007). Accompanying the Act is an article by URCANCPA Reporter Barbara Ann Atwood (The Uniform Representation of Children in Abuse, Neglect and Custody Proceedings Act: Bridging the Divide Between Pragmatism and Idealism), in which she explains the controversies and compromises of the drafting process.

    Katherine Hunt Federle provides a blunt counterpoint in Righting Wrongs: A Reply to the Uniform Law Commission's Uniform Representation of Children in Abuse, Neglect, and Custody Proceedings Act. She describes what she and many child advocates believe to be the critical shortcomings of the Act. On a related topic, Mark Henaghan offers a New Zealand perspective on why the 2003 ABA Section of Family Law Standards of Practice for Lawyers Representing Children in Custody Cases did not go far enough.

    Rounding out the issue is Clare Huntington's Missing Parents article in which she explores how state agencies can work more cooperatively with parents to help families better provide for their children. Too often, she believes, the state takes an adversarial approach to identifying and solving parenting and care-taking problems. A Report and Working Draft of a Model Act Governing the Representation of Children in Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Proceedings also is included.

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    ISBN

    0014-729X

    Product Code

    51301004201PDF

    Publication Date

    7/1/2008 12:00:00 AM

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