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AI Written: How is child custody different than “parenting time”

Written by Russell Alexander / (905) 655-6335

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How is child custody, primary parent different than parenting time

In Ontario, child custody and parenting time are two separate but related concepts. Child custody refers to the legal responsibility for making decisions about the care and upbringing of a child, while parenting time refers to the time that the child spends with each parent.

Under the Family Law Act, both parents are expected to share the responsibility for making decisions about the care and upbringing of their children, unless there are exceptional circumstances. This means that, in most cases, both parents will have joint custody of their children, and will be required to consult with each other and make joint decisions about the child’s care and upbringing.

However, even if both parents have joint custody of their children, one parent may be designated as the primary parent, which means that the child will primarily live with that parent. The other parent will typically have parenting time with the child, according to a schedule that is agreed upon by the parents or ordered by the court.

In some cases, the court may order sole custody, which means that only one parent has the legal responsibility for making decisions about the child’s care and upbringing. This may be necessary if there are concerns about the ability of the parents to cooperate and make joint decisions, or if there is a history of family violence.

Overall, child custody and parenting time are important issues in the separation and divorce process in Ontario. It is important for parents to work together to determine an appropriate custody and parenting time arrangement that is in the best interests of their children.

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Russell Alexander

Russell Alexander is the founder of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers and is the firm’s senior partner. At Russell Alexander, our focus is exclusively family law, offering pre-separation legal advice and assisting clients with family related issues, including: custody and access, separation agreements, child and spousal support, division of family property, paternity disputes, and enforcement of court orders. We have locations in Toronto, Markham, Whitby (Brooklin), Oshawa, Concord, Lindsay, and Peterborough.

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