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A Parent Consultant’s role is to assist the guardian parents in gaining effective co-parenting strategies. It involves canvassing parents to better understand their perceived struggles, concerns, opinions, and views of the co-parenting issues, as well as their suggested remedies moving forward.
Parent Consultant would be retained by consent of the parties/guardian parents or byway of Mediation, Mediation-Arbitration, or at the joint instruction from legal counsel.
The process of a Parent Consultant often includes:
- One individual interview with each guardian parent; and,
- Ongoing joint appointments with the parents to implement/monitor the progress of the co-parenting strategies and changes that were agreed to by the parents.
The Parent Consultant and the guardian parents may wish to involve a Child Consultant. This would include receiving the child(ren)’s feedback, so that the child(ren)’s contribution can be incorporated into future decisions. Please see the Child Consultant service page to better understand the role of the Child Consultant.
The process of a Parent Consultant utilizing a Child Consultant often includes:
- One individual interview with each guardian parent;
- One joint appointment with the parents to receive the Child Consultant’s feedback; and,
- Ongoing joint appointments with the parents to implement/monitor the progress of the co-parenting strategies and changes that were identified during the feedback session with the Child Consultant.
- During future joint parent appointments, the parents may request an update from the Child Consultant.
The Parent Consultant can be requested to testify in a Mediation or Mediation-Arbitration. The feedback is provided orally, and no report will be written.
The Parent Consultant service does not involve conducting a comprehensive assessment and therefore, no opinion is given regarding parenting time or the suitability of the child(ren) being in the care of either parent. Should the parties require recommendations or decision-making assistance, the formal option of a Court of Queen’s Bench Practice Note 8 Child Custody Evaluation is a better fit.
How we can help:
- Make child friendly decisions
- Protect your child from being in the middle of adult issues
- Gain insights regarding what your child needs