Separation and divorce can have a devastating impact on children. Contentious custody and access battles between you and your spouse will often lead to continued conflict later in life for your children. As experienced family lawyers, Donald B. Phelps Law Corporation is here to assist you with parenting arrangements in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. We can help you create a thoughtfully designed agreement intended to protect the well-being of your children and promote a positive future. Per the Family Law Act of March, 2013, the best interest of the child is the only factor to consider when parenting arrangements are created.
When crafting a parenting arrangement, there are various factors to be considered. You and your spouse will need to think about where the child will live, how much time each parent will have with the child, educational requirements, medical appointments, general upbringing, religion and more. In divorce and separation law, the guardianship of the child is likely the most important issue you will face.
You may feel it’s in the best interest of your child to have a primary residence and then visit with the other parent every other weekend or possibly one evening each week. On the other hand, you may decide that the child should spend an equal amount of time with both parents. In some cases, the court may ask for an assessment from a psychologist or other professional to determine the best living arrangements. An assessment report can then be submitted with recommendations for custody, access and parenting time.
It’s important to note that children do have a voice in custody and access situations. In fact, their input is encouraged early in the process and may lead to a better outcome in the long run. The child’s age and maturity level should be taken into account.
Establishing the best interest of your child can be a challenge as you and your spouse may have greatly differing opinions on the matter. By working with Donald B. Phelps Law Corporation, you will have access to family lawyers experienced in this delicate area of law. We understand the changes set forth by the Family Law Act and how they will impact you. We can answer questions you have about guardianship, parental responsibilities, parenting time, contact and other terms that have been implemented by the Act. If you are considering a separation or divorce and need legal advice on parenting arrangements in Vancouver, we encourage you to schedule a consultation.