The formal evidence produced by an expert (e.g. surveyor or auctioneer) to value a particular property, land or chattel. The valuation can cover anything from the parties home, their investments, their stamp collection, their car, their antiques – anything the Court feels is relevant. Normally the valuation is done on “joint instructions” where the valuer is instructed by both parties together. The valuer will need to receive a letter of instruction telling the valuer what property to value and asking relevant questions for the valuer to respond to.
When considering what is in the best interests of a child, the court will give consideration to each of the following factors:
the ascertainable wishes of the child concerned (considered in the light of his/her age and understanding) and his/her physical emotional and educational needs
the likely effect on him/her of any change in circumstances
his/her age, sex, background and any characteristics of his/hers which the court considers relevant
any harm which he/she has suffered or is at risk of suffering
how capable each of his/her parents, and any other person in relation to whom the court considers the question to be relevant, is of meeting his/her needs
the range of powers available to the court under this Act in the proceedings in question