Family conflict and a child’s interest to be heard in legal proceedings

Di Claudia Benanti -

In this context I will assume an enlarged concept of family, including not only the parents and the children, but also the grandparents, the other relatives, and the so-called “social parent” and “social grandparent”. The conflicts between the adult members of such an enlarged family can clearly affect the minor’s interests. Thus, I will investigate both in which ways the minor can be involved in the legal proceedings concerning such conflicts and how the integrity and the genuineness of his or her hearing by the judge can be guaranteed.