Custody

THERE ARE A LOT OF TERMS. SOLE CUSTODY. SHARED PARENTING. DECISION-MAKING. WE EXPLAIN WHAT THE OPTIONS ARE AND HELP YOU DECIDE WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN.

When deciding matters of custody and access to the children during a separation, our priority at GDE FAMILY LAW is always the best interests of the children. Custody is often the central issue in any divorce or separation. To one party or both, this legal issue may be more important than any other issue, including financial assets. In hotly contested child custody cases, there is no middle ground. If both parties are unwilling to cooperate in any way, there is sometimes only one solution: a Court Application and possibly a Trial on this issue. The stakes are simply too high.

The most expedient alternative is to have both parties work out a fair, reasonable and flexible child custody Contract that is in the best interests of the children involved; and is mutually acceptable to both spouses. At GDE FAMILY LAW, we explore all avenues to ensure that the issue of custody of your children is dealt with in the most effective way, and always in the best interests of the children.

QUICK FACTS ABOUT CHILD CUSTODY CONTRACTS

“Custody” refers to the physical care of the children as well as the ability to make decisions for the children in terms of his or her education, health, religious upbringing and other important issues.

THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF CUSTODY:

SOLE CUSTODY

The children live with one parent, who makes all decisions.

JOINT CUSTODY

The children live with one parent most of the time, but both parents share responsibility for major decisions.

SHARED CUSTODY

This is similar to joint custody except that the children spends at least 40 percent of the time with each parent.

SPLIT CUSTODY

A situation in which there is more than one child in a marriage and each parent has primary responsibility for one or more of the children.

At GDE FAMILY LAW, our Calgary Child Custody Lawyers can help you determine which arrangement will work best for you and your children, and help you understand how child support will be affected by the custody arrangement you choose.

CALGARY CHILD ACCESS LAWYERS: “IN THE KNOW”.

“Access” refers to contact or the scheduling of time between non-custodial married parents and their children. “Parenting Time” is the term applicable to common law parents and their children.

In most situations, ensuring non-custodial parents have access to their children is essential not just for the parents; but also for the well being of their children. In a family breakdown, children need to know that although their parents have separated, both are still involved in their lives. However, there may be legal or safety-related reasons to limit access by noncustodial parents.

“Decision Making” refers to the parent who gets to make decisions about the following:

  • Day-to-Day Activities.
  • Education.
  • Health.
  • Mobility.
  • Religion.

At GDE FAMILY LAW, our Family Law Lawyers will help you to determine what custody and access arrangement will work best for you and your children. We will work with you to ensure that every decision made will take your children's needs, safety and physical and emotional health into consideration. We will help you negotiate a solution that best works for all of you, and we will litigate on your behalf if it becomes necessary to do so to safeguard your children's well being or your rights under Alberta law. At GDE FAMILY LAW, there are no boilerplate solutions when it comes to what is best for you and your family.

CONTACT US & LET US HELP YOU.

If you are going through divorce and have questions about child custody and access, contact GDE FAMILY LAW to arrange a consultation and have the options available to you explained.