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Sociology and Anthropology
Social sciences, Psychology
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This paper explores how and whether the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is being interpreted and employed when mediators assist separating and divorcing families in making custody and access arrangements, and secondly to investigate whether and how the Child's Best Interest Doctrine enters into the rationale used. The data was collected in April and May, 2008 by means of telephone interviews from 17 family mediators who are accredited members of the Ontario Association of Family Mediators. This sample represents approximately 12% of the accredited membership. The interpretation of this data determined there is a minimal level of compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, but there was more compliance with the Child's Best Interest Doctrine.
Martens, Dawne, "Exploring children's rights in custody and access" (2008). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 7927.