Child custody gives you the right care for and make decisions for your child.
Most of the clients who come into our family law firm list child custody, or parenting orders as they will be called under coming changes, as their top concern.
We understand how important your child is to you and will help you to understand the different types of custody that may be available. Please speak to our lawyer during your consultation to get an understanding of each.
There are three ways that you can get custody of your children:
A family law judge or third party decides
When parents cannot agree on how they are going to raise their children after separation, family court judges, mediators or arbitrators have to decide which parent should have custody. A judge finalizes the custody plan.
If you are not given custody of the child, you will often have the right of “access.” This basically means you have the right to see your child. How often, where and whether visits are supervised or non-supervised are to be decided in a parenting plan or by a family court judge.
You have an agreement that decides before you get married
Often, two partners will negotiate and enter into a contract prior to their marriage, setting out rules about their marriage and agreeing on their respective rights and obligations during the marriage or at separation. In Canada, we refer to these as marriage contracts or domestic contracts.
You come to a friendly agreement during the divorce process
In some situations, child custody can be amicably decided by parents at the time of separation.
Book a Meeting with a Toronto Child Custody Lawyer
Child custody issues can be stressful. Around 70% of people in Toronto with family law issues are self represented. We encourage you to book a meeting with one of our family lawyers before deciding to represent yourself or have a lawyer take charge of your child custody issue instead.
It only costs $100 to book a one-hour meeting with one of our family lawyers. We are located at #700, 1235 Bay Street, and welcome your call at 844-466-6LAW (529) or text to 647-360-6331.
Before you call, prepare a list of questions you want answered. We will give you practical advice you can use.
If you decide to self represent in your child custody case, our law firm also offers legal coaching. This is a valuable service if your ex-spouse has hired a lawyer and you are going up against that lawyer in court. Our lawyer or paralegal can help work with you a few days prior to your court date to help you prepare. You only pay for the time you need.
Family Law: Why You Need a Child Custody Lawyer in Toronto
Our Toronto family lawyers often get asked what the family court will look at when deciding who has access or parenting time. The family court judge will look at which parent is best suited to make the following decisions and handle the following parenting responsibilities:
- Daily decisions regarding the child
- Where the child will live
- Protecting the child’s money and financial interests
- Keeping the child out of legal problems
- Keeping the child healthy
- Making religious and political influence decisions
- Deciding which school the child will go to, such as English or French school
- Outside of school activities
- Applying for a health care card, SIN number, bank card, and passport
- Managing information, such as health issues.
Another major factor in which parent gets custody of the child is the parent’s circumstances (finances, stable job, education) and the parent’s future intentions for the child.