Common Question in Calgary Divorces: Child Support and Custody: Part 1
November 29, 2016
If you have children with your current spouse and are seeking a divorce in Calgary, knowing what might happen to your family is no doubt chief among your concerns. Here at GDE Family Law, one of Calgary's premier divorce and family law firms, we get many of the same questions every day from parents seeking a divorce—every parent cares about their child and wants what's best for them, and they want to ensure that their children and their rights as a parent will be protected throughout the divorce process and once the divorce is final.
While we cannot offer legal advice or answer specific questions pertaining to your unique Calgary divorce here on this blog, we can provide general answers to some of the more common questions our divorce lawyers receive regarding child support, child custody, and other related aspects of your divorce. We want every parent in Calgary to know their rights and to have a better understanding of what to expect as their divorce progresses, so you can make informed choices for you and your family.
If you have specific questions related to your case, please contact our office today to schedule an appointment with a dedicated Calgary divorce lawyer.
What is the Difference Between Custody and Access in a Calgary Divorce?
In most Calgary divorce cases involving children, both parents will receive some level of custody or access to their children. A parent with court-ordered custody typically has responsibilities and rights regarding the direct physical care of the child(ren)—the child lives with the custodial parent(s)—and the parent is responsible for their food, education, religious upbringing (if applicable), and general welfare. Parents with joint or shared custody will share these responsibilities, with the child(ren) often moving back and forth between the parents' homes.
Joint or shared custody may be an equal split—the child lives with each parent 50% of the time—or one parent may have primary custody while the other parent still has custodial rights and responsibilities at more limited times.
A parent that is not granted custody in a Calgary divorce may instead be granted access. This means that the parent has a right to information about their child's welfare, education, and so on; and typically that the parent has the right to communicate and visit with their child(ren) as defined in their divorce agreement.
Can Custody or Access Agreements be Changed After a Divorce is Final?
It is in your best interests to work with your Calgary divorce lawyer to come to an agreement that is fair and equitable at the time your divorce is finalized. Situations can change, however, and your lawyer will be able to assist you in attempting to change an existing custody or access order following your divorce should the need arise.
Contact a Calgary Divorce Lawyer with Your Child Custody Questions
If you have questions about child custody, access, or support specific to your Calgary divorce, please contact an experienced Calgary divorce lawyer today.
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