What is a Views of the Child Report (VOC)?
When parents cannot agree on issues related to custody, guardianship, residence for the children, access, allegations of abuse and other parenting issues, they can request a court-ordered Views of the Child Report whereby a clinical counsellor interviews the child and reports the child’s views on specific issues. A Views of the Child Report can also be approved by the parties involved without a court order.
These issues include the child’s preferred residence, school, views on access, visits and anything where 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.
How does the process work?
The process typically involves interviewing each child to gain an understanding of their needs. Our questions are based on information provided by each parent. Each parent is asked to complete the intake interview form (found below) which allows the parent to voice their concerns for the child. A detailed report is written and the parents typically use the report to help reach a settlement whereby the voice of the child is heard.
Nicole Ripley is a registered member of the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). She has experience and knowledge working with children and adolescents going through divorce adjustment. During this report, the interviewer/counsellor, Nicole, is a neutral and impartial person who will listen to children’s views, record them and report them back to the parties and/or the court to assist them in making final decisions.
$500 – $600 +gst | one child |depending on clinician available
$275 +gst | additional child
The report is provided within 10 business days of the interview.