Parenting rights in Ontario revolve around two key aspects: decision-making authority and primary residence, both of which are determined with the best interests of the child in mind.
Decision-Making Authority: In Ontario, parents can share or have sole decision-making authority over their child’s important life decisions, such as healthcare, education, and religion. Decision-making authority can be joint (shared between both parents) or sole (granted to one parent) based on what’s deemed best for the child.
Primary Residence: The primary residence refers to where the child primarily lives. It’s crucial for stability and consistency in the child’s life. Parents can share joint custody, where the child lives with both parents, or one parent can have sole custody with visitation rights for the other.
The “best interest of the child” is the paramount consideration in any parenting arrangement. The Divorce Act outlines specific factors that are considered when determining what’s in the child’s best interests. These factors include the child’s physical and emotional well-being, the child’s age and maturity, the child’s preferences (if applicable), and the ability of each parent to provide a stable and loving environment.
We know your children’s health and well being are of the utmost importance. That’s why Sudano Law approaches these cases with a high level of empathy and sensitivity, recognizing the emotional impact on all parties involved. We strive to create solutions that prioritize the child’s well-being while addressing our clients’ concerns.
Our team’s combination of expertise in Ontario family law, empathetic approach, and clear communication enables us to help our clients navigate these sensitive matters while striving to secure the best possible outcome for both parents and children.