Ontario Visitation Lawyer
Parent Visitation, Parenting Time & Contact in Ontario
The relationship between a parent and child is precious and should be protected. If you are divorcing or separating from your spouse or partner, however, you may find this relationship in jeopardy. If you are not granted decision-making responsibility (if your matter is governed by the Children’s Law Reform Act) or primary parenting time (if your matter is governed by the Divorce Act), you will need to fully understand your visitation or parenting time rights so you can assert these.
Our Ontario visitation lawyers can assist you in this important endeavor. By contacting our firm and scheduling a confidential consultation, you can get your questions answered and your unique situation analyzed by our family lawyers in Toronto, Mississauga, Markham, Oakville, Vaughan, and the surrounding areas.
When talking about visitation rights, it is important to know which Act will apply to your matter. If the parents of the child were married and have decided not to obtain a divorce, are living together as a common law couple, or are not cohabitating together but have a child together then the Children’s Law Reform Act R.S.O. 1990, c. C.12 will apply and visitation rights will be discussed in terms of parenting time. On the other hand, for situations where the parents of the child are legally married and in the process of obtaining a divorce or have already obtained one, the Divorce Act R.S.C. 1985, c.3 will apply and visitation will be discussed in terms of parenting time.
What Is Parenting Time?
Parenting Time is the term used to describe a parent’s right to visit, be visited by, and make inquiries about the welfare, health, and education of a child. This is defined in Section 20 of the Children’s Reform Act. Sometimes referred to as visitation, parenting time may be granted to a parent who does not have decision-making responsibility of his or her child, or an “access parent.”
The amendments to the Divorce Act in 2020 refer to parenting time and decision-making responsibility rather than custody and access. Parenting time is clearly defined in section 2(1) of the Divorce Act and refers to the period during which an individual is primarily responsible for the child, including when the child is in school or daycare. Parenting time may be allocated according to a schedule.
- Equal parenting time is not presumed but rather, as with decisions regarding decision-making responsibility and contact, the primary consideration is the child’s physical, emotional and psychological safety, security and well-being. Parental visitation rights may arise as an issue to be resolved in a: Divorce; Separation; Parental relocation; or Paternity dispute.
Protecting Your Visitation and Parenting Time Rights
The complete protection of your visitation and parenting time rights is essential to the team at Feldstein Family Law Group P.C. With over 30 years of experience handling access/parenting time cases in Toronto, and the surrounding areas in Ontario, we understand what issues may arise and how to assert our clients’ rights.
The courts will consider what is in the best interests of the child in any parenting time case, and we also understand how to present our clients’ cases in such a manner as to show how the child will benefit. When you select our team to handle your case, you can rest assured that we will work diligently to achieve an ideal result, no matter the circumstances or obstacles.
Learn more about visitation rights by calling (905) 581-7222 and arranging a free consultation with one of our Ontario child visitation lawyers.
Andrew Feldstein Founder
Andrew Feldstein graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1992. Prior to focusing exclusively on family law, Andrew’s legal practice covered many different areas, including corporate commercial. One of Andrew’s fundamental objectives is to achieve those goals mutually and collaboratively, as set out by him and his client.
Daphna Schwartz Lawyer
Daphna Schwartz joined Feldstein Family Law Group, P.C. in 2007 as an associate lawyer. She was previously practising family law in the Barrie area. Her practice includes all areas of divorce and family law, including custody and access, child support, spousal support, and property issues. Daphna is also qualified to practise Collaborative Family Law.
Anna Troitschanski Lawyer
Anna Troitschanski joined the team at Feldstein Family Law Group, P.C. in 2012. Prior to that, she practised Family Law at a boutique Newmarket firm. Her experience covers all areas of divorce and family law, including custody and access, child support, spousal support, and division of property.
Nick Slinko Lawyer
Nick Slinko attended York University from 2003 until 2007 where he majored in both Law & Society and Philosophy. Nick graduated in 2007 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree. He proceeded to earn a Juris Doctor in Law at the University of Western Ontario in 2011. Nick was Called to the Bar in June of 2012 after completing his Articling term with the Feldstein Family Law Group, P.C. He became an associate with the firm immediately thereafter.
Veronica Yeung Lawyer
Veronica Yeung joined the Feldstein Family Law Group, P.C. as a summer student in 2014 and returned as an articling student in 2015. Following her call to the Ontario Bar in June 2016, Veronica was welcomed to the team as an associate lawyer.
Veronica attended York University for her undergraduate studies and graduated as a member of the Dean’s Honour Roll when she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Honours Criminology.
Shana Gordon-Katz Lawyer
Shana joined Feldstein Family Law Group P.C. as an articling student in 2017. Following her call to the Ontario Bar in June 2018, Shana was welcomed back to the firm as an associate. While completing her articles, Shana assisted with legal matters covering all areas of family law.
Shana attended the University of Western Ontario for her undergraduate studies, where she graduated as the gold medalist of her program, Honors Specialization in Classical Studies.
Rachel Zweig Lawyer
Rachel joined Feldstein Family Law Group P.C as a Summer Student in 2019 and returned as an Articling Student in 2020-2021. Following her Call to the Ontario Bar in April 2021, Rachel was welcomed back to the firm as an Associate.
Prior to completing her legal studies and obtaining her Juris Doctor at the University of Ottawa, Rachel obtained her Bachelor’s Degree at Ryerson University with a major in English Literature.
Lauren Harvey Associate Lawyer
Lauren joined Feldstein Family Law Group as a Summer Student in 2020 and returned as an Articling Student in 2021-2022. Following her Call to the Ontario Bar in April 2022, Lauren was welcomed back to the firm as an Associate.
Prior to completing her legal studies and obtaining her Juris Doctor at the University of Western Ontario, Lauren obtained her Honour’s Bachelor of Arts Degree at Wilfrid Laurier University majoring in Criminology and minoring in Law and Society.
Quinn Held Associate Lawyer
Quinn spent two years as a Summer Student and then completed her Articling term at a boutique Family Law firm in Orangeville, where she was exposed to various complex Family Law matters. Following her Call to the Bar of Ontario in June 2022, she became an Associate with the Feldstein Family Law Group.
Prior to obtaining her Juris Doctor from the University of Windsor, Quinn obtained her Honour’s Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Guelph majoring in Criminal Justice and Public Policy and minoring in International Development.