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Voice of the Child
Sometimes it is helpful for separated parents to hear from their children about their views. However, if you want to really uncover your child’s views and feelings, this is best done with the help of a neutral third party – a person who has experience and expertise chatting with children of separated parents. We speak of this as hearing the voice of the child and doing so requires a balanced process with the involvement of both parents.
Once the voice of the child has been heard, then
the neutral helper who facilitated the child’s voice can bring the
child’s feelings, views and experience of their life and the parental
separation to the parents’ attention for the parents to be informed. On
the basis of information provided, then the parents may be in a better
place to meet their child’s needs. If indeed there were untoward issues,
it may be instructive for a parent to be advised of those issues from the
perspective of the child. It may be helpful to have a better appreciation
of your child’s experience and needs when considering a parenting plan.
This is a closed service meaning information
gathered and discussed cannot be used in a court or arbitration process.
There will only be a verbal disclosure. No report will be issued and there
is no access to the notes or file. The goal is to facilitate settlement.
and service process:
the discretion of the parents and their lawyers, they may engage in
settlement discussions at this meeting.
There is no recoding or posting of content or comments in any form or
media by clients or their proxy although Gary Direnfeld 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
Service is closed and neither Gary Direnfeld, his notes or reports can be
used for court or arbitration purposes with regard to the parenting
This service typically requires between 7 and 10 hours. A retainer for 10 hours of service must be received prior to commencing service.
Gary Direnfeld shall be entitled to retain independent legal counsel and to be compensated for the cost thereof on a substantial indemnity basis in circumstances where in his sole and arbitrary determination, his integrity, independence, and quality of service are called into question or in any circumstance where he is required to attend and answer questions in accordance with any subpoena, Order or any other request, whether requiring attendance in person or by any other means such as correspondence, fax, email or telephone.
Lawyers and parties also agree not bring any actions for damages or any
other claims of any kind or character against Gary Direnfeld for any acts
or omissions in the course of carrying out his duties. Lawyers and parties
agree to waive any and all rights to address any issue against Gary
Direnfeld through any Court or any other process not here specifically
contemplated in this or any other jurisdiction.
As a social worker, I
am respectful of people's different income levels. As such, the fee is set
on a fee-for-service basis using a sliding scale that ranges from $150 -
$400 per hour. The actual fee then is determined by your joint income, or
may be determined by your assets or a fee may be set at the discretion of
the service provider if income is in dispute. You will be charged from the beginning of the
scheduled appointment time, even if you are late. Appointments
cancelled with less than 48 hours (two business days) will be billed for
one hour. Further, time will be taken at the beginning of the first
meeting for me to present my qualifications, experience and approach to
service so that service is provided on an informed basis. This is deemed
part of the time provided and billed for.
A retainer based on 10 hours of
service at the respective rate, as per
the fee schedule below, is required prior to commencing. Billing will be
on basis of actual time spent on any activity related to the assessment
critique service, charged at the rate as per the fee schedule below, plus
HST. You will be billed for any activity directed to your case. If less
time is taken than covered by the retainer, a refund will be issued. If
more time is required than covered by the retainer, the mediator may ask
for additional funds to be provided before continuing the mediation.
Fee Schedule (based on joint
Third Party Payments (EAP and
other Benefit Providers):
Pleased be advised
that I do not accept payment by third party payers (benefit or EAP
providers) whatsoever. People are directly responsible for payment of
services as per the information above at the time of service. A receipt
will be provided with which persons can seek reimbursement from their EAP
or benefit provider. I take no responsibility for your reimbursement.
Reimbursement remains a matter between you and your benefit or EAP
If you do seek
reimbursement through your benefit or EAP provider and I am called to
verify the charge, I will do so with your implied consent. My disclosure
will be limited to advising of my credentials as well as verifying the
billing information, service provided and persons served. Please note,
parenting coordination is a clinical-legal service and may not be covered.
No information regarding the nature or content of information discussed
will be provided without signed consent, for which you will be charged as
per the time required.
To initiate a referral for service, the Referral Information Form must be completed.
Please note, people regularly come great distances to see me. If you are considering driving more than two or three hours, please let me know so I can set an appointment to accommodate your drive.
Direnfeld, MSW, RSW
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