NYLJ: Giving a Greater Voice to the Child Enhances Fact-Finding and Decision-Making

By Gary Solomon, Karen J. Freedman and Karen Simmons
August 05, 2019

In a recent article, “Does Empowering Children During Divorce Litigation Serve Them Well?,” N.Y.L.J. (July 29, 2019), Lisa Zeiderman appears to offer a resounding “no” in response to that rhetorical question. In doing so, and in recounting the evolution of the role of the attorney for the child (AFC) in New York, she raises issues that no longer bear serious discussion, and gets several things wrong.