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The Voice of a Child in Family Law Disputes$
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Patrick Parkinson and Judy Cashmore

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199237791

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237791.001.0001

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Professional Views of Children's Participation

Professional Views of Children's Participation

(p.91) 5 Professional Views of Children's Participation
The Voice of a Child in Family Law Disputes

Patrick Parkinson

Judy Cashmore

Oxford University Press

This chapter compares the views of the professionals involved in family law disputes: the mediators, counsellors, lawyers, and judges. These professionals play an important role as advisers, gatekeepers, and adjudicators. The advice of counsellors and lawyers may play an important role in how parents see the views of children and the participation of children. Counsellors in the courts who write family reports and lawyers who represent children in the most highly contested disputes also provide two of the more influential means of presenting children's views to the court, or not, depending on the role they play.

Keywords:   family law disputes, children, participation, mediators, counsellors, lawyers, judges

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