Has anyone had experience other than a Cafcass Feelings and Wishes Report how childrens voices can be heard in court proceedings regarding contact issues? I would be interested in hear other users experience if at all. Many thanks
Children''s wishes and feelings are taken into account according to their age and maturity and seen in light of the overall circumstances. For example, loving parents might ask their children''s opinion about moving house or changing schools but children don''t always understand all the implications. The parents would weigh the children''s view in light of all the relevant factors such as the parents'' job prospects, affordability of housing and the record of school. Ultimately it is the adults who make the decision.
It''s more or less the same in contact proceedings except when parents can''t agree what is in children''s best interests the decision is made by the judge. NYAS (National Youth Advocacy Service) provide an advocacy service that is child focused and may be able to offer some advice;