Do Attorneys for Children in Protection Proceedings Make a Difference? A Study of the Impact of Representation Under Conditions of High Judicial Intervention

Journal of Family Law, Vol. 21, No. 3, p. 405, 1982-1983

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Robert F. Kelly

Le Moyne College

Sarah H. Ramsey

Syracuse University - College of Law

Date Written: 1982

Abstract

The major focus of this article is an empirical analysis of the use of attorneys as guardians ad litem in North Carolina, assessing whether or not the presence of an attorney representing the child’s interest made any difference in a court’s custodial disposition of the case. The article also provides brief discussions of the development of the idea that children in protection proceedings need representation and the problems for attorneys in the role of representative. The analysis found that the presence of guardians ad litem produced no overall effects that would be considered beneficial by the standards developed for the North Carolina study. The article concludes with recommendations for improving the representation system.

Suggested Citation

Kelly, Robert F. and Ramsey, Sarah H., Do Attorneys for Children in Protection Proceedings Make a Difference? A Study of the Impact of Representation Under Conditions of High Judicial Intervention (1982). Journal of Family Law, Vol. 21, No. 3, p. 405, 1982-1983, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1883568

Robert F. Kelly

Le Moyne College ( email )

Syracuse, NY 13214
United States
315-445-4100 (Phone)

Sarah H. Ramsey (Contact Author)

Syracuse University - College of Law ( email )

Syracuse, NY 13244-1030
United States
410-226-5345 (Phone)

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