Child custody and access

One of the most emotionally charged parts of any divorce or separation is determining the child custody and access to the children.

Our clients in Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Mississauga trust us because we’re experts in family law. We specialize in child custody and access and can show you exactly what you’re legally entitled to.

Going into child custody discussions, you may have questions like:

·      Does a history of substance abuse or marital abuse guarantee sole custody?

·      Do the children get to choose who to live with?

·      Do the children have to appear in court?

·      What happens if my former spouse or I want to move?

These are all very common questions and we will sit down with you and go over every aspect of your options. 

Child custody is always massively important for young people’s future. It determines where children will usually live and who has the right to make important decisions about their care, their education, their religious instruction and their welfare.

Some of the different custody arrangements you may be facing include:

·      Sole Custody: The children will usually live with you and you make the bulk of the decisions.

·      Joint Custody: Parents share the right to make important decisions about their care. The children will split time between the two parents.

·      Access: If you do not have custody of your children, you have a right to spend time with them unless the court decides that this is not in their best interests.

·      Supervised Access: If there are concerns for the safety of the children, an agreement can require that someone else must be present during visits with the children. 

If you need a family lawyer and want to talk about your child custody and access options, don’t hesitate to contact any of our offices in Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Mississauga.


Our Family Law Lawyers

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