Child Custody in British Columbia
The judge rules on the best parenting arrangement for your child based on the factors presented. They may grant you one or more of the following:
- Legal custody: The right to make important decisions about your child’s well-being, education and health
- Physical custody: The right to have your child live with you
- Joint custody: You and your spouse share custody. As Canada is a family-oriented country, the courts frequently favour this arrangement
- Sole custody: Sometimes, one parent is guilty of abuse, neglect or violence; struggles with drug, alcohol or mental health issues; or has been absent from the child’s life. Acting within the child’s best interest, the court may grant the more stable and reliable parent sole custody
Child Access in British Columbia
The non-custodial parent’s right to visit and spend time with their child is referred to as child access. You and your spouse can simplify the process by drafting a schedule that is convenient for your child and both of you.
Having access does not give you the right to make important decisions regarding your child’s well-being. However, it does give you the right to make inquiries about your child’s health, education and welfare.