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Even after the end of your marriage through divorce or separation, your children are important to you. If you’re concerned about child custody or visitation, you can count on Dukeshire Law Office’s child custody lawyer in Northwest Calgary to help you understand the ins and outs of the process. Our child custody lawyer will provide legal guidance to help you establish parenting agreements and visitation schedules that match your children’s best interests.
Some crucial changes came into effect on July 1, 2020 in the Divorce Act. More child-centric terminology, such as "Parenting Order," "Parenting Time," and "Parental Decision-making Ability," replaced "Custody" and "Access." All of these changes are sensitive to children as the Court now prioritizes the children's best interests.
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Parenting agreements now cover what was previously known as child custody and child visitation rights. It is a legal document that needs to ensure that the best interests of the children of divorced or separated parents are prioritized. It delineates how the parents will manage:
Generally speaking, a parenting agreement should contain:
Every child is unique, which is why every parenting agreement is different and should incorporate their special requirements. Please speak to us to learn more about parenting agreements in Northwest Calgary.
Consulting a family lawyer with in-depth knowledge of the legal system is essential to creating an agreement that prioritizes the children’s best interests while representing you.
A parenting agreement needs to address:
When considering a child's best interests, the Court prioritizes their overall health and well-being. Following aspects are considered when deciding what’s best for your child:
Child custody (now known as decision-making responsibility) and access (now known as parenting time) are sensitive issues that involve a variety of stakeholders. Every situation requiring our services is unique in its own way and includes different people who have a role to play in the children's lives. We have experience in representing people with different relationships to the child in question, including- mothers, fathers, grandparents, unmarried couples, same-sex couples, and guardians. No matter who is involved in the proceedings, the best interests of the child supersede every other concern.
There are 2 laws that govern child custody in Alberta:
Regardless of the circumstances surrounding the child access and custody proceedings, the lawyer at Dukeshire Law Office in North West Calgary will advocate for your rights and help you reach a conclusion that respects the child’s well-being.
Child custody, or decision-making responsibility, is the rights and responsibilities of your children’s care and upbringing, meaning that the parent holding custody gets to determine how your child is raised. It also dictates with which parent a child lives. There are several types of custody or decision-making responsibility, including:
Joint custody– parents share responsibilities and decision-making. Parents must be willing to work together to ensure success of this form of custody. A variety of living arrangements are possible with joint custody.
Sole custody – children live with one parent who has authority to make day-to-day decisions as well as long-term decisions. The other parent is given generous contact or access and often has to assume financial responsibilities such as child support. Parents who choose sole custody are usually unable to cooperate amicably.
Shared parenting – means that your children live with each parent at least 40% of the time. Parents can have both joint custody and shared parenting of children at the same time.
Split custody – siblings are separated between parents, with each parent having custody of one or more of your children.
Many important factors determine child custody, or decision-making responsibility in Alberta, including the history of the relationship with the child, finances, other commitments of the parties involved and, most importantly, the child's best interest. Our child custody lawyers in Northwest Calgary will be able to help you determine which type of custody will be best for your child and will help you attain that custody either through mediation or court proceedings. Parents should agree on the type of custody for the best interests of your child.
In most cases, both parents have the right to spend time with the child to different degrees. In cases where a single parent has primary residency, child access refers to the time the child spends with the parent who doesn't. Child access, now known as parenting time, is important because it lets you be involved in your child's life, even if you don't live with them. With child access, you have the right to be informed about the factors involved in the child's well-being.
A guardian is a person entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining the well-being of the child. There can be more than two guardians, with each one having the right to make important decisions concerning the child. By this definition, both parents can be the guardians of the child. However, in many cases, the parents are unable to take care of the child. In these situations, the guardians are other central figures in the child's life, like grandparents, uncles, aunts, or even someone unrelated to the child. The guardianship of the child can also be temporary or permanent under the court's orders.
According to the new changes to the Divorce Law, a person who regularly spends time with the child, but doesn’t have the power to make decisions regarding their health, education and well-being, is termed to have ‘contact’ with them.
Child custody is a complicated issue involving a variety of factors. All situations involving child custody and access have their own special concerns. The lawyer at Dukeshire Law Office are trained to discreetly handle all kinds of issues when it comes to defending your rights in a child custody and access issue, and prioritizing the child's well-being over everything else. Some of the issues that come up in these cases include:
Do you have any questions regarding our child custody and access services in North West Calgary? You can send them to us and we will get back to you promptly.
The parent your children live with after a divorce for more than 60% of the time is called the custodial parent. Visitation is the time non-custodial parents get to spend with their children. Our child visitation lawyer in Northwest Calgary can help you work towards the visitation rights you desire, so that you can still be a part of your children’s lives.
The visitation lawyer at Dukeshire Law Office will help you and your spouse determine a visitation schedule that meets the best interests of your children. Contact us today to speak with legal professionals about your child visitation and custody concerns. We can help you navigate the recent changes and their impact on your child custody case.
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