Custody & Access
DAD LAW is the child custody & access lawyer in Ontario that will work to defend your rights as a father. We’ve included the types of child custody you may encounter on this page, and we’re here to provide legal guidance for any of these situations.
Child Custody is the legal right to have a say in the upbringing of your child(ren). Access, on the other hand, is the right to see your child(ren).
There are generally four types of child custody:
The parent who has sole custody has the exclusive right to make decisions regarding the children's education, health, religion and to some extent where the children reside, without any input from the other parent. Custody does not necessarily determine the amount of time the children spend in a parent's care, although a parent with sole custody tends to have the children most of the time.
This means that both parents make decisions together regarding the major issues affecting the children, such as education, health, religion, and where the children reside. Some degree of cooperation between the parents with respect to raising the children is required. Past cooperation is generally an indication of future cooperation.
This commonly refers to a living arrangement whereby the children spend roughly equal time residing with each parent, with each parent spend at least 40% of the time with the children. For example, the children might live with the Father one week and with the Mother the following week and rotate accordingly. Generally, with shared custody arrangements, the parents will make major decisions together regarding the children as in joint custody.
Child Access is the right to see your child(ren). Generally, the non-custodial parent is entitled to access to the children. If the other parent has sole custody, however, the access parent is not entitled to participate in custodial decision-making on matters such as education, health, religion and where the children reside.
This is imposed by a judge if there are allegations of abuse, addiction, mental health issues, a risk that one parent will flee with the child or cause harm to the child or if the parent has not seen the child for an extended period of time. Supervised Access typically occurs at a government-operated access centre.