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BOOKLET HELPS KIDS DEAL WITH DIVORCE FEARS

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As confusing and disturbing as divorce can be to the husband and wife, it's often an even more bewildering experience for the children, who are often left with a hundred questions and very few answers.

"Do I have to go to court? Will I have to move? What is joint custody? Do I need a lawyer . . . "Well, maybe a lawyer can help, but usually information is what the child really needs, and Utah Children and the State Bar have teamed up to provide it in a pamphlet titled "Where Do I Stand?"

"The booklet was based on one produced for children in Canada, but it was changed to fit circumstances and the law in Utah," said Louise York, state justice court administrator.

Published by Utah Children, a child advocacy group, and printed with a Utah Bar Foundation grant, the 32-page pamphlet will be offered free of charge to families and to agencies serving children.

Rosalind J. McGee, executive director of Utah Children, said the booklet was designed to address children's fears and anxieties at the divorce or separation of their parents.

"More important, `Where Do I Stand?' suggests to parents the questions that children may be afraid to ask," McGee said.

According to Utah Children, Utah's divorce rate is higher than the national average - 5.4 per 1,000 compared to 4.8 per 1,000 - which is compounded by a larger than average number of children per household.

Free copies of the pamphlet are available at the offices of Utah Children, 401 1300 Ave., Suite 411, or Utah State Bar Association, 645 S. 200 East. Mailing costs are assessed for bulk orders.