Views of the Child Reports

Child with MegaphoneIn 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 Views of the Child Report whereby a mental health professional interviews the child and reports back the child's views on specific issues. A Views of the Child Report can also be agreed to by consent between the parties without a court order.

These issues include the child's preferred residence, preferred school, their views on access and visits and any other issues in which the parents would like the child's opinion to be heard. A Views of the Child Report does not provide recommendations as it is only intended to clarify the child's opinions and feelings about an issue affecting them.

The process typically involves interviewing each of the parents and then interviewing each child twice. Each of the parents is asked to bring the child to one interview to guard against either parent influencing the child's views. Each child is administered the Family Relations Test which gives valuable information about the child's feelings and perceptions about their family. A detailed report is written and the parents typically use the report to help reach a settlement without having to go to court and becoming involved in an expensive trial.

Bob Finlay has been conducting Views of The Child Reports for 10 years. 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.

For a summary of my fees, please click here. Total fees are determined by the number of adults and children to be interviewed, and travel costs if required.