Our Lawyers Handle Child Custody Disputes & Agreement Resolution in St. John's Newfoundland
Custody of children is a major concern for couples who separate. Most parents only want what is best for their children, but disagreements during a separation can cause problems. Call Gittens & Associates if you are going through a separation or divorce. We can help you understand your rights and settle your custody dispute in Newfoundland.
Types of Custody
It is common for couples going through a divorce to feel confused about custody. Custody refers to the authority to make decisions on behalf of a child. Parenting or access refers to how the children will spend their time with each parent.
There are two different types of custody arrangements:
- Sole Custody gives one parent the authority to make all major decisions that affect the children. The children usually live full-time with this parent. Depending on the custody order or agreement, the parent without custody normally has visitation rights.
- Joint Custody means that both parents discuss and agree upon major decisions affecting the children. The parents share custody, but the children’s residence and visitation arrangements vary from case to case.
There are many options for custody agreement for Newfoundland families. Some examples are:
- Primary residence. In this case the children spend the majority of time living with one parent and the other parent has access/visitation rights normally with specified time periods.
- Split parenting means that some of the children live primarily with one parent while other children live primarily with the other parent.
- Shared parenting can also be referred to as joint physical custody. In this arrangement each parent spends at least 40% of the time with the children.
Determining Child Custody and Parenting
We have found that every case of child custody in Newfoundland is unique. However, there are several questions judges and lawyers use to determine custody in each case, such as:
- What is in the child’s best interests?
- What is the relationship like between the parents and the children?
- Are there any physical or mental issues that would prevent a parent from being able to take care of the children?
- Does either person show a better ability to parent than the other?
- What are the employment schedules of each parent?
- Who was the primary care giver before separation?
Issues involving custody and parenting are complex—even for couples who get along. Schedule a consultation with one of the lawyers at Gittens & Associates today. We have significant experience in handling custody disputes for Newfoundland families and we can help parents work toward a workable custody agreement at our Newfoundland office.