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About Child Custody & Access in Canada
Child custody is the legal authority to make decisions on behalf of a child whose parents are not in an intact relationship.
While the phrase “child support” is the most common way to refer to this legal authority, the Divorce Act actually uses different, more specific terms to describe the arrangements parents make for their children when they separate:
Decision-making responsibility means making important decisions about your child’s well-being, including their healthcare, education, religion, culture, and language.
Parenting time means the time a child spends in the care of a parent. It includes time when the parent is not present, such as when the child is at daycare or school.
Having decision-making responsibility and parenting time means:
- your child is in your care at least some of the time,
- you have the responsibility to make decisions about your child, and
- you have the right to get information about your child’s well-being, including information about the child’s health and education.
If you and your spouse have already agreed to a plan about parenting time, decision-making responsibility, or access, you can include it in a parenting order you apply for during your divorce application.