5. The judge looks at the report
Question & AnswerWhat is an assessment? Why would I want one?
The judge uses the report at your to try to help you and your partner agree on , , and parenting arrangements. Decision-making responsibility and parenting time used to be called and .
A judge looks at the facts of your situation and the test to make decisions about decision-making responsibility and parenting time. Judges usually assume it’s better for a child to have a relationship with both parents after they separate or .
Some of the things a judge looks at are:
- the child’s physical, emotional, and psychological safety, security, and well-being
- the relationship between each parent and the child
- how long the child has lived in a stable situation
- each parent’s plan to care for and raise the child
- the child’s views and wishes, unless there’s no way to find out what they are
- if there’s been abuse against any family member or any child
The judge doesn’t look at the past behaviour of a parent unless it affects their ability to parent. For example, a judge won’t consider which parent was responsible for breaking up the family. But the judge must consider if a parent was ever violent or abusive towards the other parent or children.
The judge also looks at:
- any evidence that is presented in the hearing
- what you and your partner want
- what the OCL report recommends