Vaughan Child Custody Lawyers
Comprehensive Child Custody & Access Services
If you are divorcing or separating, determining child custody and access (or the right to visit with your child) will be two of your main concerns. Our lawyers work tirelessly to protect our clients’ interests. If you are concerned about child custody matters regarding your divorce, do not hesitate to contact our office.
Factors Impacting Child Custody & Access
The factors the court considers when deciding child custody and access matters include:
- The age of the child
- The best interests of the child
- The child’s preferences
- The stability of each parent’s home environment
- Each parent’s plan for the upbringing of the child
- The ability of the parent applying for custody to provide the child with guidance, education, and a good life
- If both parents are the child’s biological parents
- Any history of violent conduct
- Which parent is most likely to allow the other access to the child
The Different Types of Custody in Canada
The types of custody in Canada include sole custody, joint custody, shared custody, and split custody.
If a parent has sole custody of a child, it means that only one parent has the responsibility and legal authority to make decisions about the child’s life including, education, healthcare, religion etc.
Under this custody arrangement, both parents can make decisions about their child’s life. With joint custody, it is assumed that the parents can accomplish this through compromise.
Typically, joint custody works best when both parents can collaborate and agree to work through their differences in a mature manner.
Under the Child Support Guidelines, shared custody is defined as when a child spends 40% of his/her time with each parent.
In recent years, split custody has developed, which is a situation where the parents have more than one child together and each parent splits custody of these children. Courts do not typically allow this as it is usually in the best interests of the children to let them live together.
Consult a Child Custody Lawyer in Vaughan Today!
Child custody issues are a common topic that can contribute to disputes during a divorce. To best prepare for your divorce, consult with an experienced lawyer at our firm. We will work with you to ensure your interests are protected.