Parenting Plan Assessments
In the event that parents cannot agree on issues related to custody, guardianship, residence for the children, access, allegations of abuse and other parenting issues, they can request that the Court order a Section 211, Family Law Act assessment whereby a mental health professional evaluates the situation and provides recommendations for resolution. A parenting plan can also be agreed to by consent between the parties without a court order.
The process is comprehensive and involves gathering information from a variety of sources including the parents, the children, extended family, professionals and friends who are familiar with the parents and the children. Psychological testing is utilized where appropriate. A detailed report is written which includes recommendations on the issues in dispute between the parties. The parents typically use the recommendations to reach a settlement without having to go to court and becoming involved in an expensive trial.
Views of the Child Reports
Bob Finlay has been conducting Views of The Child Reports for 25 years and completed over 170 views of the child reports. He has been an Expert Witness at the Supreme Court Level in BC and the Family and Provincial Court Level in Ontario. Please call him directly for more information or to consult on the usefulness of a report in your case.
Total fees are determined by the number of adults and children to be interviewed, and travel costs if required.
There are specific situations where a specialized assessment can provide recommendations that may assist the Court and/or the parties involved to make decisions regarding a settlement.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Victims of Motor Vehicle Accidents not only suffer from physical injuries but psychological injuries as well. This can result in Post Traumatic Stress with symptoms of anxiety, sleep disturbances and loss of confidence. The individual is interviewed and assessed for psychological injuries. A written report is provided with a treatment plan.
Alcohol and Drug Assessments
In the event that a person is suspected of having an alcohol and/or drug problem that is affecting their work or personal life, a specialized assessment is conducted involving interviews and written tests. Recommendations for treatment are provided as part of the assessment.
Additional fees may be required for psychological testing.