Parenting Orders (Custody and Access)
When two parents are living together in a common law relationship or are legally married, custody of a child is usually not an issue. However, the relationship between parents may break down resulting in separation or divorce. During this time, a decision must be made about parenting arrangements for the child of the relationship. In some cases, parents of a child never lived together as a couple but will still need to decide on parenting arrangements.
Parenting (sometimes referred to in the legal system as “custody”) is a legal term that refers to decision making and responsibility for a child. A person who is primarily responsible for parenting of a child has the responsibility for making important decisions about a child’s life, such as education, health care and religious practice. There are different types of custody arrangements. Making decisions about child custody can prove to be difficult for some parents. It is important for parents to consult with a lawyer to ensure they are informed about their rights and obligations.