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Child Custody Rules and Parenting: Calgary Family Lawyers Weighs In

Child Custody Rules and Parenting: Calgary FAMILY Lawyers weighs in

The legal proceedings of fighting for child custody can add hardship, financial strain, and stress to the members of the family.

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The term “parenting” is used in Alberta’s Family Law Act. Under the Act, the term refers to the plan for how divorced or separated parents will make decisions regarding their child and how the time with their child is shared between parents.

How families choose to “parent” their children vary, but there are important factors to consider when making decisions that will have the best outcomes for the children involved.

If a parent has a history of violence, substance abuse or alcoholism, it could be argued that the safest scenario for those children would be distance from that particular parent.

But this is where custody battles can unravel, as family dynamics are often complicated. If you are seeking guidance, support and the best possible outcome for your family, contact one of our compassionate Calgary child custody lawyers.

What does child custody in Alberta look like?

The Common Law Alberta states that there are two types of child custody. This includes:

  • Joint Custody
  • Sole Custody
  • Shared Custody
  • Split Custody

Joint custody is one of the most common scenarios our Calgary child custody lawyers see. In these instances, both parents can make decisions for the child’s well-being. Both parties must mutually agree when it comes to important decisions that will impact the family.

In cases of large families, split custody is often recommended by the court. In these unique cases, one parent gets custody of some children, while the other parent gets the remaining children. The kids involved in these scenarios are often allowed to weigh in on whom they want to live with.

The less common outcome is sole custody. In these cases, one parent is responsible for making all decisions that pertain to the child, regardless of if the other parent disagrees. The parent that is not given sole custody can still be involved in their children’s lives, but the parent with sole custody is the final decision-maker.

What if a mutual decision regarding custody is not possible?

If both parties are unable to come to a mutual decision regarding the custody of their children, divorce lawyers can help parents represent their case to the court so a decision can be reached with the best interest of the children in mind.

Listed below are some of the factors that will be considered by the court:

  • Parent’s mental, physical and emotional health
  • The relationship and bonding between the parent and children
  • Parenting abilities of the individuals
  • Characteristics and family background

If you are seeking the help of an experienced Calgary child custody lawyer, we can help

If you are interested in learning more about Common Law in Alberta, or other legal issues pertaining to child custody, do not hesitate to reach out.

Our team is here to help you support the well-being of your family during this difficult time.

Do not wait to schedule an appointment with us. Call us at 403-283-8018 or fill out the online contact form for more details.

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