A "Voice of the child report" is where the wishes of the child may be brought into the mediation, arbitration or litigation process by Stephen who is neutral third party. A Voice of the Child Report is one way to give children a chance to be heard in family law proceedings and have a say about what their views, wishes and preferences are.
During this process, Stephen will ask each parent to bring the child/ren to his office where Stephen will spend time with the child/ren getting to know him or her. Sometimes, an observation visit my occur with the child/ren in each parent's home prior to the individual interviews occurring.
Prior to a written report being prepared, Stephen will meet with the parents and the lawyers to provide verbal feedback about the child's views, wishes and preferences around parenting issues. Stephen has particular expertise in understanding, explaining and putting the child/ren's views, wishes and preferences into context, according to their developmental age and stage. Stephen has extensive experience interviewing children of all ages from preschoolers to teenagers and children who have special needs including autism, learning or developmental disabilities, behavioural, mental health issues and physical disabilities.