Inventory of Government-Based Family Justice Services
Family Division Services - Assessments (Nova Scotia)
Type of service
Family Court Services
Judges of the Family Court and Family Division may order parenting assessments when they need objective information about the child or family situations in a child custody or access matter.
The main objective of an assessment is to provide the court with information or recommendations regarding how the needs of the child may best be met. To meet this objective, a professional assessor will meet with both parents. An assessor may also meet with the child, grandparents, childcare providers, teachers, etc, if appropriate. The assessors focus is on what is in the best interests of the child.
Pilot or ongoing service
Nova Scotia Department of Justice
How to access this service
Judges of the Family Court or Supreme Court presiding over an ongoing court matter may order that a parenting assessment be conducted.
Assessments may be ordered at all Family Division and Family Court sites throughout Nova Scotia.
[ Service(s) offered ]
Assessments (an information sheet) can be located at
http://www.courts.ns.ca/Supreme/sc_family7.htm and is available in both English and French.
Further information on assessments can be found at http://www.nsfamilylaw.ca/services/court/more/assessments.
Fees are based on income.
Governing legislation/legislative authority
The Nova Scotia Judicature Act, RSNS 1989, c. 240
The Nova Scotia Maintenance and Custody Act, RSNS 1989, c. 160
To access this service, contact the justice center which is responsible for the file. Contact information about the various justice centers in Nova Scotia may be found at: http://www.gov.ns.ca/just/Court_Services/justice_centres.asp
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