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Child Custody And Support — Protecting Your Child’s Best Interests

Divorce or separation is often hardest on children — and knowing this can be very stressful for parents. Whether a divorce goes through family court or spouses attempt to resolve their issues on their own, issues such as where children live and who provides for their care are of utmost importance. At Foster Law Office, we know the full details of the law when it comes to divorce and separation. We are also compassionate counsel for parents who must make difficult choices regarding their children.

Decision-Making And Residence: Understanding Child Custody

If it is your first time having to negotiate custody with the other parent of your child, some terms may be confusing. Custody does not, in law, refer to where children reside. Custody refers to decision-making. It is therefore possible to have joint custody with your child’s other parent even if the child lives with you most of the time.

Custody involves important matters such as religion, education and medical care. It can also encompass day-to-day rules such as curfews and participation in extracurricular activities. The extent to which parents make decisions together about the child is often a matter of negotiation.

When parents decide on custody, they will also decide on residence — where a child lives — and access, which is the time spent with the other parent. When issues are complex and emotionally sensitive, having the objective advice of a lawyer is important. At Foster Law Office, we represent people who may or may not have a positive relationship with their former spouse. We work to arrive at the best possible outcome not only for our clients, but also for their children.

Negotiating Child Support

In most cases, child support is straightforward. The amount to be paid follows mandatory legal guidelines based on income. Usually, the parent who lives with the child receives support. However, child support can deviate from the guidelines in situations where either parent is experiencing financial hardship. Extra expenses, including those for extracurricular activities and education, may also be split between parents.

Consult Us About Your Child Custody Matter

When your child’s future is at stake, it is important to consult an experienced divorce lawyer. Contact Foster Law Office in Mississauga, Ontario, at 289-814-1570 or toll free at 1-800-724-6592 or send us an email.