Adding a Party to Ontario Child Protection Cases

Should grandparents be an added party to child protection disputes?

Should grandparents be an added party to child protection disputes?

An issue that often seems to arise in Ontario child protection cases is whether the Court should add a party to the dispute. Parties tend to be family members, often grandparents, or close family friends. The Court has discretion to add a party and the test is as follows:

  • Whether the addition is in the child’s best interest;

  • Whether the addition will delay or prolong the proceeding unduly;

  • Whether the addition is necessary to determine the issue;

  • Whether the additional party is capable of putting forward a plan that is in the child’s best interests.

See Valoris v. Jina Ramlall & Christopher Lanston, 2015 ONCSC 207 (CanLII), for further information.