Who is in charge of conducting the interviews and writing the report?
The interviews will be conducted, and a Court Child Expert will prepare the report. Court Child Experts are licensed psychologists or social workers who focus on children's concerns in court. The Court Children's Service employs them.
The Court Child Expert may request to witness your interactions with your child, but you are not permitted to sit with them while interrogating them. Court Child Experts have worked with children and will answer all queries in a polite, approachable manner. If your child is uncomfortable, he or she will not feel forced to react to questions or express an opinion.
Your children will be able to voice their opinions and feelings regarding the proceedings. In addition, the Court Child Expert may inquire about the following:
The Child Impact Report is just one piece of evidence that the Court will consider when making decisions. It will be evaluated alongside all other evidence submitted in the proceedings. The Court is not compelled to issue orders in accordance with the suggestions in the report.
However, at that early point of the proceedings, the report may be the only source of independent evidence accessible to the court. If the parties cannot agree on what is best for the kid, the report can provide an objective picture of the situation. If you disagree with the results of a Child Impact Report, you should discuss them with your lawyer and in court. Then, if the case goes to trial, the report writer could be cross-examined.