On average, 15 – 20 hours are required to complete evaluations inclusive of the verbal disclosure meeting. The cost of evaluation is based on an hourly fee.
Disclosure and transmittal of all records from any agency, physician, CAS, or hospital that has had involvement with the family is required if requested by the evaluator. Both parents may be required to undertake a criminal reference check and provide a police report. School records are required for school age children. Written information from interested third parties may also be requested. Lawyers may be asked to make provision for release, disclosure, transmittal and costs of reports as set out above. Third party reports may be required in advance of setting appointments. Additional information can be requested and required at any point during the service process.
Information will be shared only upon written consent except where there is risk of harm to self or another person, or as required by law as it pertains to child protection matters. There is no recording or posting of content or comments in any form or media by clients or their proxy although Jessica Biren Caverly may record any/all conversations at his discretion solely for accountability purposes in the event an issue with service arises. The service record is the property of Jessica Biren Caverly. Information obtained about persons served shall be used for service purposes, payment collection and/or, satisfaction surveys. Non-identifying information may be used for statistical, research or teaching purposes. However, the mediation phase with Jessica Biren Caverly is closed and neither he, note or reports can be used for court or arbitration purposes with regard to the parenting dispute between the parents.
On an ongoing basis, issues of concern may be brought to the parenting coordinator for resolution. Ongoing meetings and other sources of information required to assist in settling disputes may be required to assist in reaching a resolution.
Lastly, the Parenting Coordinator may meet with both parents together in a joint session wherein issues of concern are discussed. If there is sufficient cause or reason that the parents cannot be seen together, alternate arrangements may be made, appropriate to the circumstances at the discretion of the Parenting Coordinator. If matters cannot be resolved through discussion, then either party or the Parenting Coordinator may call an impasse and move the matter to be settled by arbitration assuming an arbitrator has been preselected.
The Parenting Coordinator then meets with the parents separately and will screen for domestic violence and power imbalances. Thereafter, the Parenting Coordinator will meet with the parents either together or separately to get acquainted and to learn about them, their family histories, the children and current issues. During these meetings parents may provide signed consent permitting the Parenting Coordinator to gather information from other service providers relevant to their situation. These meetings are scheduled for 3 hours duration.
Assuming service, a retainer will be determined and the parents will forward payment accordingly in advance of any further activity commencing by the Parenting Coordinator. Please note, parents must obtain independent legal advice regarding the Parenting Coordinator Agreement, sign the agreement, attach a Certificate of Independent Legal Advice obtained from their lawyer and provide these materials with retainer to the Parenting Coordinator. Thereafter, the parents or their lawyers provide pertinent reports such as found in the pleadings brief and which can include affidavit material, reports of CAS involvement, prior assessments, etc. These would be read prior to setting meetings.