Other court-directed services are available to assist parents in resolving disputes concerning child-related issues. Parties may apply to the Court to access these services, or the Court may direct parties to these services.
Parental Conflict Intervention
- in family law proceedings where child parenting time / custody / access is at issue, the Court may appoint a chartered psychologist or social worker to facilitate resolution of parenting issues quickly and effectively. At the conclusion of the parental conflict intervention, the parenting expert forwards a letter to the Court to assist the Court in determining what is best for the child. While parties are responsible for paying for the assessment, they may qualify for a subsidy to offset the costs.
For more information, consult your lawyer or refer to the Court of Queen's Bench Family Practice Note 7, Court of Queen's Bench Family Law Practice Note 8 and list of psychologists and social workers
Bi-Lateral Custody Assessments
- where an application for parenting time / custody / access has been filed with the Court of Queen's Bench and resolution is not possible requiring the Court to determine best interests of the child, the parties may be referred to a parenting expert for a bi-lateral custody assessment. The parenting expert evaluates the circumstances of the parties and provides a written report of their assessment and recommendations to the Court. While parties are responsible for paying for the assessment, they may qualify for a subsidy to offset the costs.
For more information, consult your lawyer or refer to the Court of Queen's Bench Family Law Practice Note No.8.