Parenting Arrangements

When deciding how to care for your children during and after a separation or divorce, there are a lot of things to think about. The most important thing to consider is, "What is best for my child?" It is a good idea for you and the other parent to create a parenting plan, setting out where the children will live and other important details. It is important not to involve your children in any conflict between you and the other parent.

This website provides general information. Family law is complex. You are encouraged to contact a lawyer for help with family law issues.

Parenting laws in the Divorce Act change as of March 1, 2021. The new Divorce Act’s parenting provisions focus on parents’ responsibilities for their children and the tasks required for the care of the children. The biggest difference is that the Act no longer uses the terms “custody” and “access”. The court now assigns decision-making responsibility and parenting time through a parenting order, based only on the best interests of the child.

Services and information

About Parenting Arrangements

It is important to make parenting arrangements that are in your children's best interests if you separate or divorce.

Create a parenting plan

A parenting plan is a written document that outlines how parents will raise their children after separation or divorce.

Help for Kids

If you understand how your children may be reacting to the separation or divorce, it can help you meet their needs and answer their questions.

Protecting your children

In most cases, it is best for children to maintain a relationship with both parents after a separation or divorce.

Information for Grandparents

Grandparents can play a very important role in the life of their grandchildren.