Parents, whether married, in a relationship, separated or remarried, have a parental responsibility towards their children until they turn 18 years of age. If parents cannot agree on their individual responsibilities, then the court can issue parenting orders. A parenting order may include agreements concerning who the child will live with, how much time the child will spend with each parent, how parental responsibility will be divided, the methods of communication between the child and the parent he/she does not live with, and other aspects of child care and welfare.
The court can also approve and consent to an agreement reached between both parties at any point in the legal process. The court will always place the best interest of the child above all else.
If you’re in the middle of a parental dispute or want to take action in the event that your child is at risk of abuse or violence, our experienced child custody lawyers can assist you in the following ways: