At the time of separation or when contemplating a divorce, spouses face a series of challenges. One of the most important is how to deal with parenting issues of children of the marriage / relationship.
New legislative changes are being introduced to reflect the modern approach of parenting. “Custody and “access” terms are being replaced by “parenting time” to emphasize the need for both parents’ involvement in their children’s lives. Parents often became boxed into “primary caregivers” or “access and uninvolved parents”. Their legal claims also followed their respective description: a primary caregiver did everything for the children – from feeding them, taking them to school, taking them to the doctor’s or dentist office, playing with them, helping with homework, etc. An access parent, on the other hand, was seen as univolved and removed from day-to-day decisions about the children’s lives because they were only around once a week and on alternate weekends.
The new legislative decisions focus on encouraging quality parenting time between parents and children, as opposed to favouring one parent over the other. Children can benefit from positive and meaningful relationships with both their mather and father, so parenting time is encouraged with both parents (even on an equal basis if both parents reside close to one-another).
Decisions related to parenting, residency or living arrangements of the children, schooling, and travel can have a great emotional impact upon the children of the marriage or the relationship. This is why they often take priority and affect decisions separated spouses make regarding property division, support, change of residence if the matrimonial home is sold, etc. Having an experienced divorce lawyer by your side can help protect your and your children’s legal interests.