Dedicated Calgary Divorce Lawyers Advising on Custody & Access Disputes
When it comes to child custody issues following a separation or divorce, the best interests of the child are paramount. While both parents generally put their children first, the stress and emotions that accompany the end of a relationship can complicate an already fraught situation and make it difficult to identify the best solution. Guidance from a skilled family lawyer can help you reach an amicable agreement with your former partner more quickly, so that you can move forward with your life and so your children are protected going forward.
The Family Team at HMC Lawyers makes it a priority to work personally with our clients. Our goal is to help clients reach a custody and access agreement that meets their needs and is in the best interest of their families. Throughout the course of your matter, we take proactive steps to find mutually agreeable solutions that can reduce costs and shorten disputes.
Client-Focused Family Lawyers
At HMC Lawyers, we take pride in our tailored, personalized approach to every matter, and in our ability to take the time to truly understand where each client is coming from, what their particular family circumstances are, and what their ideal outcome looks like.
Decision Making and Parenting Time in Alberta
Custody refers to who has decision making power over the lives of minor children. There are different types of custody, and custody decisions are made depending on the specific circumstances of each family.
Custody decisions include decisions about the child’s health, education, religion, and similar. In many situations, we see joint custody arrangements, which means both parents must agree on such decisions. In other situations, we will see sole custody granted. Sole custody is a situation in which one parent has the right to make all decisions about a child without consulting the other parent.
Access is a different legal concept and refers to a parent’s right to spend time with their child or children. One parent can have sole custody of a child, but the other parent may still be granted access to the children. Similarly, when parents have joint custody, but the child resides primarily with one parent, the other parent may have access.
Access can be limited in a number of ways, from the timing and length of visits, where children may be taken, and if visits are supervised.
Common Custody and Access Disputes
Some of the common issues that arise in custody and access disputes include:
- Where and with whom children will live;
- Where and with whom the children spend holidays and important events;
- How a child will be disciplined;
- Decisions regarding education and extracurricular activities; and
- Decisions regarding health care and medical treatment.
In some cases, the former couple can amicably come to a consensus on custody and access issues with the help of family lawyers, and without involving a judge or requiring litigation. In such cases, the details of custody and access are finalized by an agreement that stipulates the arrangement in writing.
If parents cannot agree on these issues, litigation may be required, and a court may make an order respecting custody and access.
Calgary Lawyers Resolving Child Custody and Access Matters Through Skillful Advocacy
If you are going through a separation or divorce, the Family Team at HMC Lawyers we will help you make decisions and finalize agreements that are in the best interests of your children. We understand that it is often possible for parents to negotiate and agree on child custody arrangements. Decisions that you and your former partner make are often faster, less expensive and less acrimonious than decisions made by a Court. We work hard to make this happen, and to eliminate the stress and emotional turmoil that follows the end of a relationship as much as we can.
Our Family Team has a track record of successfully negotiating and mediating claims on behalf of our clients. Although we are capable advocates in the courtroom, we know that the best outcome is more often achieved through finding a solution that is mutually beneficial to you and your ex, and in coming to that solution amicably. For advice about child custody and access matters, contact us online or call 1-800-480-3534.