The Children's Act 38 of 2005 has placed a primary focus on the Best Interest of the Child in divorce settlements/disputes. This forms a basis of care and contact arrangements. In divorce disputes care and contact assessments include the assessment of parenting ability, the relationship between child and parent and the socio-emotional well-being of the minor children in regard to current and future arrangements.
Care and contact assessment involves:
- Assessment of the psychological well-being of the minor children
- Assessment of the parenting ability of the parents
- The quality of the relationship between parent and child
- Home visits
- Consultation with appropriate collateral sources
- Perusing of appropriate material to assist in making focused and relevant recommendations