CHILDREN’S RIGHTS COUNCIL AGREES WITH POPE— LAWYERS SHOULD STAY OUT OF  DIVORCE

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Washington, D.C. – Pope John Paul II on Monday urged lawyers and judges not to take part in divorce cases, decrying divorce as a “festering wound” that has devastated society.  The Pontiff urged lawyers to instead devote their efforts to reconciling couples.

The Children’s Rights Council would like to meet the Pontiff halfway.  “We know we can’t and shouldn't abolish divorce in America, but we have long urged that lawyers stay out of the divorce process,” said David L. Levy a lawyer and president of the Children’s Rights Council.  “Instead, mediators, parent educators and advocates for co-parenting should take over,” said Levy.

“This will lead to some parents reconciling and foster cooperation between parents,” said Levy.

“For those parents who do not reconcile, it will make divorce a lot easier on the children.  And those children will grow up to respect marriage more, because their parents divorced in a responsible, caring way –without divorce battle-oriented lawyers,” said Levy.

 For more information on the Children’s Rights council, a national child-advocacy organization, see www.gocrc.com