Decision-Making Responsibility (“Child Custody”) Law

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Most family law issues can benefit from the collaborative family law process, including decision-making responsibility and parenting time (previously/colloquially known as “custody” and “access”).

When you and your spouse have decided on a separation, one of the first things that may come to your mind is how to protect the best interests of your children. At Collaborative Divorce Waterloo Region, we understand that law regarding decision-making responsibility and parenting time (“custody” and “access”) can feel overwhelming. 

Child Custody Law

Our professionals are knowledgeable about family law, including decision-making responsibility and parenting time (“custody” and “access”), and with your legal team, you and your spouse will make an agreement to act quickly to resolve issues in order to promote a caring, loving and involved relationship between the children and both parents. This key factor protects the dignity and long-term interests of all family members and helps you move forward quickly with your life.

The ultimate goal of the collaborative family law approach is to lead both participants to a resolution that offers a healthy, hopeful perspective for the future. For many, the collaborative approach is a welcome alternative to the often destructive, uncomfortable and lengthy aspects of traditional litigation. Couples that have decided to separate or divorce are able to create solutions that best reflect the needs of their family.

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Most family law issues can benefit from the CFL process, including decision-making responsibility law and visitation, spousal and child support, property and the family home, and changes to existing arrangements.

At Collaborative Divorce Waterloo Region, we believe you should have the opportunity to maintain the integrity of your family even though you do not wish to remain married. Contact us today for more information about the collaborative family law process in relation to decision-making responsibility law.

Common Questions About Decision-Making Responsibility and Parenting Time (“Custody” and “Access”)

Going through a divorce, decision-making responsibility law and how it will affect your family is probably one of your main concerns. We want you to feel confident moving forward with this part of your separation, so we have compiled answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about decision-making responsibility and parenting time below.

Why is collaborative family law a good option?
Because you keep your divorce outside of the court and work collaboratively with your spouse, you can come up with a plan that represents what would be best for your entire family. To make this work, you and your spouse have to agree to cooperate.
How long does it take to come up with a decision-making responsibility and parenting plan?

If you opt for the collaborative family law process, how long it takes to develop and finalize a plan is really up to you and your spouse.

How can I preserve my children's best interests?
On top of going the collaborative family law route, listen to your children’s desires. Even if they are younger, listening to them and helping them cope is one of the best things you can do.
What if I am unhappy with an existing decision-making responsibility and parenting plan?

You may be able to revise your plan with the help of our legal, family, and financial professionals. Make sure you are ready to alter this plan permanently, however, if you decide to proceed.

Can I receive other assistance besides just legal help?

Yes! Not only do we have legal professionals who can help with your case, but we also have financial and family professionals available to help you navigate this time in your life.

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