Inventory of Government-Based Family Justice Services

Court-Ordered Parenting Arrangement Assessments (Prince Edward Island)

Province/Territory
Prince Edward Island

Type of service
Family Court Services

Services offered
Social worker Clinicians in the Family Court Counsellors’ Office conduct Court-ordered child custody Parenting Arrangement Assessments (formerly Home Studies’). These Assessments assist the Court in determining a parenting arrangement for children. The Parenting Arrangements Assessments assist parents in clarifying the individual needs, views and preferences of their child/ren, by identifying what parenting arrangements would achieve optimal developmental outcomes based on the age and stage of development of their children and what may be a sustainable parenting plan for their children as they grow up living in their two homes. During the Assessment process, Clinicians further assist parents in narrowing down the matters of dispute by focusing on the parenting needs of their children and by providing parents avenues to achieve their own parenting arrangement settlements. Comprehensive or full Parenting Arrangement Assessment processes consist of: a series of interviews with the parents and child/ren; the review of key collateral information; and observations of the interactions between child/ren and their parents. Comprehensive Parenting Arrangement Assessments, once commenced, can take about four to six months to complete from the gathering of relevant information to the analysis and interpretation of that information within relevant clinical frameworks and the development of clinical based parenting arrangement recommendations in the report. Focused Parenting Arrangement Assessments focus only on those specific custody/access issues the Court authorizes be examined. As Focused Parenting Arrangement Assessments are more targeted and do not require clinical recommendations, they are completed in one to three months, depending on the authorization. Where one of the parties resides in another province or territory, the Family Court Counsellors’ Office makes arrangements with authorities and/or private clinicians in those jurisdictions to conduct the out of province parent’s assessment and facilitates the filing of their report with the Court.

Pilot or ongoing service
Ongoing service

Department responsible
Department of Justice and Public Safety, Family Law Section, Family Court Counsellors’ Office.

How to access this service
Only the Court can authorize a Parenting Arrangements Assessment through the Family Court Counsellors’ Office.

Location(s)
The Family Court Counsellors’ Office has two work sites, Charlottetown and Kensington.
[ Service(s) offered ]

Language(s)
English. Document translation services are provided, as required.

Publications/information
Government of PEI – Family Court Counsellors’ Office

Family Court Counsellors' Office information brochures are available, in English and French, through contact person below.

Costs
There is no charge for in-province parenting arrangement assessments.

In cases where one party/parent resides in a province/territory that does not provide a reciprocal public child custody assessment service, the parties will be required to pay for the out-of-province portion of the parenting arrangement assessment, based upon a means test.

Governing legislation/legislative authority
Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, R.S.P.E.I. 1988, Cap. C-33

Contact person(s)
Randall Oftedahl
Coordinator, Family Court Counsellors’ Office
Honourable C.R. McQuaid Family Law Centre
1 Harbourside Access Road, P.O. Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
Telephone: 902-368- 6057
Fax: 902-368-6934
Email:

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