What is a section 32 report and why do we need one?

Section 32 report family law

Have you been informed that your family needs to complete a section 32 or section 47 report? Do you know what these reports involve?

Often when a couple is in the process of separation or their marriage has broken down, the Court wants to understand what is in the best interests of the child or children in regards to where the children should live or how much time the children should spend with their parents. Therefore a section 32 ‘A’ report is a chance for a court-appointed assessor to interview  each member of your family, sometimes more than once, to find out what needs your family has and in particular, what needs the children have for the future. The court appointed assessor will have to include in their report recommendations and suggestions as to how best to meet the needs they have recognised. The report is then given to a Judge who could use the recommendations given by the assessor.

A section 47 report is practically the same as a section 32 report but it has some differences. The assessor will probably spend more time with your family in a variety of different interviews to get a better idea about your family’s needs.

The ‘voice of the child’ assessment is a shorter type of report than an A report. It is normally referred to as a ‘B’ report. In this case the assessor will meet with the child or children but will probably not spend that much time with the other members of your family. In most cases, only certain professionals are regarded as suitably qualified to write section 32 B reports, one such profession are teachers. Kieran Mc Tigue conducts all our section 32 B reports because he is fully qualified to do so.

Why do families choose Familia?

There are many challenges for a family going through the Courts system. One of the challenges is the feeling of not being heard properly because maybe the assessor has taken a dislike to a member of the family. This then makes it very difficult for the family to implement any of the interventions or recommendations from the report.

However, if Familia is appointed to conduct the section 32 or section 47 reports, in many cases, both David and Liz will interview the family and make their own individual assessments. They then combine their findings and share their ideas recomendations to co-create the report making sure that it is both accurate, balanced, and fair. Familia charge the same fees for our reports as other assessors charge, but in most cases, we complete twice as much work to make sure your family has the very best outcomes.

Familia also complete ‘Child Attachment’ reports. If you are now cut off from your children by your ex-partner, and you have no idea why this has happened you may then seek a ‘CA’ report from us. Then we make contact with your ex-partner through their solicitor and invite him or her, and your child, to a series of interviews with us. We will interview your children alone to determine if they have a loving relationship with you and to help us understand the impact on them of being cut off from you. If we feel that your children have a loving bond with you but they are also being damaged by being cut off from you, we will create a report (which you can give to your solicitor) to lodge in Court while you await the results of any other reports that have been sought by the Courts.

Please note you do not need a Court Order for this report. Please contact us for more information at avalonrc@gmail.com