Parenting Time Law in Surrey, Vancouver & Abbotsford, BC

Parenting Time Agreements
Located in Surrey, Abbotsford & Vancouver, BC

If you are a parent going through divorce or separation, you may be wondering about parental arrangements like scheduling and visitation and who will run errands such as taking your child to school and extracurricular activities. These simple matters can be complicated and stressful if you and your ex-spouse cannot reach an agreement.

A family lawyer helps draft a parenting schedule convenient for you, your ex-spouse and your child. They will also ensure that the plan complies with British Columbia law.

Parenting Time in British Columbia

This term refers to the time that children spend with each parent. With the help of a family lawyer, you and your ex-spouse can agree on a schedule that is agreeable to both of you. More importantly, a concrete schedule gives your child peace of mind, as they know for certain when they get to spend time with each parent.

Some parents can agree on a schedule without the help of legal counsel, and a verbal agreement will suffice. However, parents who can’t decide amicably may need a written agreement. A family lawyer will help you reach an arrangement either out of court or through a court application.

What to Include in Your Parenting Time Plan

A good parenting schedule considers your child’s individual needs. It should include:

  • A routine calendar that shows your child’s daily whereabouts
  • Arrangements for special occasions such as holidays and vacations
  • Guidelines for enacting the schedule
  • A process for making adjustments
  • Protocol for dispute resolution

How the Court Handles Parenting Schedules

It’s important to note that the court makes decisions in your child’s best interests. Therefore, judges consider the following:

  • Your child’s age and stage of development
  • Your child’s relationship with you and with the other parent
  • Your ability to talk with your ex-spouse about parenting matters and vice versa
  • Incidents involving abuse and mental health issues
  • Any court action or order relevant to the child’s safety and well-being

Family Lawyers in Surrey, BC

If you and your ex-spouse are unable to reach an agreement regarding parenting time, a family lawyer can help. At ALG Lawyers, we work with you to create a fair plan that puts your child’s needs first.
Contact us today to make an appointment with any of our family lawyers.