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As the consultants to the New York State Law Revision Commission for its Recommendation concerning the child custody dispute resolution process, we share significantly in the credit for and the criticism of the Commission's work. One goal of our effort was to focus attention on the needs of parents and children involved in divorce ─ needs to which the legal system must respond. Public hearings have sharpened that issue and even raised questions about basic premises of the Recommendation. But the purpose of these Comments is to respond to some misconceptions that have arisen, by summarizing the philosophy and features of the Recommendation and briefly explaining the reasoning behind some of the major choices the Commission made.


An earlier version of these Comments was submitted to the Assembly Judiciary Committee of the New York State Legislature which held public hearings on the Law Revision Commission's Recommendation in November,1985.

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