Parenting Arrangements

Since the Family Law Act came into force terms like Custody and Visitation have been replaced, with Guardianship, Parenting Time, Parenting Responsibility, and Contact.

If the parties were married at the time of a child’s birth, they are both guardians of that child. If they were not married at the time of a child’s birth they are a guardian of that child if they have lived with the child, or have a written agreement with their former partner saying they are a guardian. Guardianship is made up of two aspects; parenting time and parenting responsibilities.

The Family Law Act recognizes that unless there are compelling reasons, it is in the best interest of a child to have the benefit of both parents’ care and parenting. That often means an equal division of parenting time.

Time with your child is paramount. Parenting Agreements and Court Orders require work, willingness to compromise, and recognition that your child’s interest is the only consideration. It is better to bear the cost of legal fees now for the certainty of parenting time later.