Separating and divorcing parents need to discuss how they will parent their children in future. If the relationship breakdown is such that they cannot discuss the issues together, they may have to go to court. The experienced family and child custody lawyers at Rogerson Law Group are available to advise you now on issues relating to custody arrangements for your child/ren. We will explain the different types of custody arrangements available and how we can work for you.
What needs to be decided?
It is vital that you understand that you should set aside your own wants and preferences, and focus on what is in your children’s best interests. Co-parenting as separated parents works most effectively if the parents can communicate effectively and act in the child’s best interests.
You will both need to consider where the child/ren will live and how much time each parent will spend with the child – and where. You will also need to consider decisions in relation to raising and caring for the children, for instance, what school they will go to; they extra-curricular activities they can attend; what religion they will be raised within; and so on. Discussions should extend to arrangements for vacations, school holidays, Christmas, and so on.
Ideally, parents should be able to negotiate arrangements that are mutually acceptable, but if they can’t – legal help and representation will become necessary. We may have to ask the court to decide child arrangements but this will prove costly, and the time it takes to get to court will undoubtedly have a detrimental effect on the children of the family. In some court cases, matters deteriorate to such an extent that children become a weapon a parent’s armoury – a situation we will strive to avoid.
We can help you come to an agreement as quickly as possible, through mediation or other methods if possible, to avoid you going to court.
If court action becomes unavoidable, we will take an aggressive approach to best protect your interests and those of your child/ren. The court will make its decision based on what is in the child’s best interests. This will include the judge considering the child’s own wishes and preferences.
The family and child support lawyer team is led by Andrew Rogerson, the firm’s founder. He is assisted by Joseph Gyverson, Matthew A. Giesinger and James Bennett , who complement our domestic and international family law practice.
Contact Rogerson Law Group at (416) 504-2259 – Our experienced Family & Child Custody Lawyers can offer you sound & strategic advise for domestic (Greater Toronto Area) & international family disputes or litigation involving multi-jurisdictional matter.