If you and your partner have children, you will need to decide which parent has custody, and this determines which parent has the right and responsibility to make major decisions for any children. There are different types of custody, ranging from Joint Custody (where both parents make major decisions together) to Sole Custody (where one parent makes all the major decisions for the children). There are a variety of parenting arrangements that can be tailored to suit your family. Each family is different and requires an individualized custody and access arrangement. These arrangements often range from the children living primarily with one party and the other party having access to situations where the children live with each parent equally. It is important to recognize what works for your family. Access parents, even if they do not have custody, do retain the ability to obtain information about the children, such as information about their medical or educational needs.
Issues surrounding child custody and access are very specific to each child’s circumstances. The court will look at what is in the “best interests of the child.” It is important to consult a lawyer when dealing with these issues.