A Workshop Co-sponsored By FamilyKind and The New York Chapter of The Association Of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC-NY)

This workshop examines how the child’s voice is considered in different family law dispute resolution processes, the risks and benefits of involving children, factors affecting the reliability of children’s input, and offers a developmentally based protocol for interviewing children. A demonstration of a child inclusive mediation, case studies, handouts, and articles will be provided to further develop participants’ knowledge and skill in this area.


Hon. Jane Pearl, JD, PhD
Judge for the New York County Family Court; Co-President of AFCC-NY; Prior to becoming an attorney Judge Pearl was a psychologist and received her PhD from Northwestern University.

Barbara Jo Fidler, PhD, C.Psych, Acc.FM
With 28 years of experience working with high-conflict separating and divorcing families in various capacities, Dr. Fidler has authored four books and numerous articles, given expert testimony, and provided training to judges, lawyers, and mental health professionals.

Catherine Grace Hannibal, JD, MA
New York City-based collaborative attorney and mediator specializing in separation and divorce; Mediation mentor for law students and professionals. Catherine practices and presents on using children’s input in divorce mediation.

Workshop to Benefit: Family Law Attorneys, Family and Divorce Mediators, Child and Family Therapists, Child Specialists in Collaborative Divorce and Child Inclusive Mediation, Custody Evaluators, Co-Parent Counselors, Parenting Coordinators, Family Court Judges.