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First, Los Angeles does NOT have a unified family law system as described in this article ["Family Circle," Jan. 25]. Although considered about 15 years ago, the idea was scrapped as Bench and Bar agreed that it was virtually impossible for any person to listen to the terrible things that happen in juvenile and dependency court and then be able to listen to a custody case involving more mundane issues, such as the best education or place to live for a child with “normal” parents. In L.A. the juvenile and dependency courts are separate from the “divorce” courts, as it should be. We now have a coordinator for the crossover cases. Such a program, even with a good jurist as Judge [Dolores] Carr is, is not fair to the litigants, particularly the children, or the attorneys. Further, since dependency and juvenile have priority rights, the “divorce” cases will be forever delayed, a problem which now exists and should not be permitted to get worse because of the impact on children and the divorcing spouses. Stephen A. Kolodny Los Angeles

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