Collaborative Lawyer and Mediator
210 – 347 Leon Avenue
Kelowna, BC V1Y 8C7
T: (250) 763-7333
T: (250) 769-7787
Hear the Child. The lives of children are affected by decisions that are made for them and about them. Where they live; who they live with; how much time they spend with each parent and their ability to have contact with extended family members.
Do children actually make the decisions? This is a very common question and the answer is “No”. Children do not decide, but children can provide clarity and sometimes simplicity to complex adult disputes. Oftentimes, this is exactly what may be needed to do the following:
- Reduce conflict between parents
- Lead to better relationships between parents
- Lead to better relationships between parent and child
- Provide better information
- Make better decisions for the child and the family
Children love, and should love, each parent. The parent child relationship is very special. A healthy parent child relationship is critical to the growth and development of a child. It deserves focus and attention. It is unique to each parent and child. Each child will have their own special views on that relationship. How do we get this information if we do not ask, and, equally important, if we do not listen?
Hear the Child Reports — the views of children should be considered when decisions are to be made about children and the rights and interests of children.
I am very proud to be on the Roster of the BC Hear the Child Society.