Custody/Access Assessments

“In every crisis there is an opportunity.”


A custody/access assessment is an assessment that parents agree to have completed with the consent of the courts. Judges use this document to help them in make a decision related to custody and access of a child or children when the parents cannot come to a reasonable resolution on their own.

A custody/access assessment usually includes meeting and speaking with the children two or three times – once in each parent’s home and once individually. The assessor will also meet with each parent in their home with the children and individually. The assessor will also speak with any other applicable party, for example, extended family, teachers/schools, new partners, counselors, police, doctors, children’s aid society and Office of the Children’s Lawyer.

The role of the assessor is to consider what is in the child’s or children’s best interest now and in future with regard to custody and access and provide a report with recommendations based on the information they gathered during their assessment.
The courts, both parents and their legal representatives are provided a copy of the report.
Mr. de Boer has an extensive amount of experience working with children and families involved in court proceedings, assessing child protection risks and making recommendations, including service plans. Please review Mr. de Boer’s educational background and experience with families and assessments on our home page.

Circle Mediation Benefits

At Circle Consulting and Resolutions we provide a range of family mediation services to help address a variety of issues that impact families.

We believe helping people engage in an interest based resolution process, rather than an adversarial process, benefits individuals in a number of significant ways.


Mediation is a voluntary, non-adversarial process where parties come together in good faith to address a mutual issue. Mediation is a much faster process than litigation and using a court process and seeks to improve the relationship.


Mediation is a cost effective solution in which the two parties share the cost of the mediator and engage with their lawyer at the end of the process for independent Legal advice.


When participating in mediation parties have direct input into decisions that impact their lives rather than having a third party, such as a judge, make decisions that impact their lives directly.


Mediation is a confidential process, a court proceeding is not.


Participants in mediation can create and tailor a plan the meets everyone’s needs including, parents, children and extended family.

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