Child Custody during Divorce
Of all the issues in a divorce case, child custody is the most hotly debated and difficult to resolve amicably. Both parents have strong opinions and feelings over the custody of their children, and will fight aggressively to ensure their child custody arrangement is settled in their favor. If you are going through a child custody battle, the Law Office of Trip Collins can protect your rights and fight for your best interest. Attorney Trip Collins will sit down with you to discuss your case, and then help you take the legal steps to ensure you settle on a child custody arrangement that meets your needs and satisfaction.
Determining Child Custody
When parents can reach a mutual agreement over the custody of their children, the court will honor and uphold their child custody arrangement. However, when parents are unable to amicably settle on a child custody arrangement, the court will intervene. When determining which parent will be granted custody, the judge always bases his/her decision on what is the best interest of the child.
After a thorough review and careful consideration, the judge will grant legal custody and physical custody to either one or both parents. The parent granted legal custody has the authority to make all important decisions on behalf of the child, such as those regarding healthcare, education, religion, and over-all wellbeing. Physical custody refers to which parent the child will reside with. When custody is shared between the parents, it is considered joint physical custody and joint legal custody. When only one parent is awarded custody, it is referred to as sole legal custody and sole physical custody.
Effective January 2008, there will be changes to Canada’s child custody laws. Under the new law, parents are required to create a court-approved Equal Shared Parenting plan that will outline where the child will spend every single day of the year, including weekends, holidays, and school vacations. Furthermore, under the new laws, children older than 14 years old are no longer able to choose which parent they would like to live with.
Contact Canada Child Custody Lawyer
Nothing is more important the relationship you have with your children. The Law Office of Trip Collins honors this relationship, and is committed to helping you reach a child custody arraignment that best suites the needs of you and your family. Canada child custody attorney Trip Collins has handled countless child custody cases throughout his career, and has the knowledge and resources to effectively represent you at all of your child custody hearings. Trip Collins is devoted to providing you with the attention, dedication, and resources you need so you can continue to have a thriving relationship with your children.