Guardianship

IF YOU’RE A PARENT, ENFORCING GUARDIANSHIP RIGHTS MAY BE THE RIGHT SOLUTION FOR YOU.

CALGARY GUARDIANSHIP LAWYERS THAT CAN HELP YOU.

The best interests of the children are always our priority at GDE FAMILY LAW when we help our clients make decisions about guardianship and contact with respect to the children in Alberta.

Under Alberta's Family Law Act, SA 2003, c F-4.5 that governs separation for people who are not married, the physical care of the children and the ability to make major decisions for them is not called “custody”. It is called “GUARDIANSHIP”.

There are three possibilities under guardianship law in Alberta:

SOLE GUARDIAN

Children live with one parent. That parent has the right to make decisions about their care, health, education and religious upbringing.

JOINT GUARDIAN

Children live with one parent most of the time. Both parents share responsibility for making major decisions for their children. Both parents exercise “parenting time” with the children.

NON-GUARDIAN

A biological parent of the children who does not share in responsibility for making major decisions. A “non-guardian” does not exercise “parenting time” but “contact” with the children.

CALGARY GUARDIANSHIP LAW FIRM: DON’T GO AT IT ALONE.

At GDE FAMILY LAW, our Calgary Child Guardianship Lawyers can work with you to help you decide the best arrangement for you and your children. We will also help you to understand how child support amounts are affected by different guardianship arrangements.

“Parenting time” refers to the time each guardian spends with the children.

“Contact” simply refers to communication between children and adults who are not their guardians. These can be a parent who is not a guardian, a grandparent or an adult who had a guardian-like relationship with the children, such as a former stepparent.

In most cases, trying to make sure that both parents have contact with their children is essential for the well being of children. Unless there are legal or safety-related reasons to limit contact by non-guardians, most children benefit from knowing that their parents are still involved in their lives even if they are not living together.

At GDE FAMILY LAW, our lawyers can help you negotiate guardianship and contact arrangements that will work for you and your children, and ensure that every decision considers your child's needs, safety, and physical and emotional health. If it becomes necessary to safeguard your child's well-being and your rights under Alberta law, we will litigate on your behalf.

CONTACT US

If you are separating and want to know about Guardianship and Parenting or Contact Orders, contact GDE FAMILY LAW. We can explain your options and provide timely advice on guardianship in Alberta.