Abolish all “law guardians”, "GALs" and “attorneys for the child"!

Abolish all “law guardians”, "GALs" and “attorneys for the child"!

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Edmund Dantes started this petition to Governor Andrew Cuomo and

Stop “law guardians” like Donna McCabe, Susan Bender, and Daniel Lipschutz from exploiting and endangering our children, and financially ruining our families! Allow only trained, impartial social workers to help children in contested custody cases.

The USA is the only country in the world where courts routinely appoint attorneys to 'represent' children, allowing them to charge extortionate fees. It's a common mis-perception that these "law guardians" work for the "best interests of the child" and or for free: most such attorneys invoice the children and, in the case of Susan Bender and Daniel Lipschutz (from the boutique divorce firm Aronson Mayefsky and Sloan), they charge $550 an hour. Their final bills to the kids often exceed $200,000 - spelling financial meltdown for their parents.

The vast majority of these attorneys have NO TRAINING OR QUALIFICATIONS in children's education, health, psychology, mediation or co-parenting communications. Many of them are not even parents themselves.

'Law guardians' have huge power in custody cases because they claim to be the voice of the child -- and judges listen to that pseudo-voice. These attorneys also have a big responsibility to zealously advocate for a child, and ensure his/her welfare. But in many cases, they misuse their power and the result is tragic. That's what happened in the tragic case of Thomas Valva, where his law guardian DONNA MCCABE ignored multiple warnings of abuse and neglect, choosing instead to side with the child's eventual killer, Michael Valva. 

Stop these attorney-predators enriching themselves off the back of our children! Take the $ incentive out of helping children deal with their parents' divorce or separation! Social workers are not a perfect solution, but if they are trained and impartial, they are far better than lawyer-destroyers!

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