Voice Of The Child

What is Voice of the Child and a Voice of the Child Report?

It is a report that is used to relay to the courts the child's views and preferences.  These reports are can be helpful for the parents to know what their child's views and preferences are in regards to separation and divorce.  It also gives more information to the courts about how the children are feeling.  There are two types of reports: the first is a report given to the courts and is not confidential.  The second is a confidential report used in mediations. The report does not make recommendations, it only expresses the child's wishes.

Why is Voice of the Child Important?

Children have very little power and are often unheard in times of separation and divorce.  When the child is the focus agreements are more successful.  Children feel safe when they are heard and understood.  Children do have a point of view and they do have certain wishes.

Does this Mean the Decisions are Left to my Child?

No.  The information is used to help the parents and/or courts to make decisions with the child's best interests in mind.

What is the Process?

We would meet with you child at least two times.  Each visit the child will be brought by one of the parents or caregivers.  The child will be free to talk about the separation/divorce and what they wish to see.  They will not be asked direct questions about who they want to live with.

What is my next step?

If you are in need of a Voice the Child Report for court or for medication, you can get in contact with us.

 

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