Too much kid-power in the courts

The editorial "Kids, Parents, Politics," Aug. 6, concerning children given full legal standing in courts, is very troubling to me. It cites the Florida case of a lawyer who sought to adopt a boy by having the child petition to "divorce" his parents.

Placing such a powerful tool into the hands of some immature, rebellious child could compound injustices to child-parent relationships. The other factor is the excessive number of lawyers in the United States and the resulting search for litigious cases. Given the economic incentives involved, this proposal could compound, not correct, injustices to vulnerable children Kathryn Humphrey, Wilmington, Del.

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