Parenting and Child Custody
When it comes to parenting and child custody arrangements, Alberta courts are concerned first and foremost with what is in the best interests of the child; and if at all possible, this usually means promoting a healthy relationship between the child and both parents even in circumstances where those parents don’t get along.
Ideally, our goal is to assist our clients in cultivating a constructive and respectful co-parenting relationship with their former partner using several proven and effective strategies, however, this is sometimes impossible, and in such cases, we will ensure that your rights, and those of your child, are protected.
In both amicable and contentious co-parenting arrangements there are many issues that need to be carefully worked through and resolved. These can include:
- Determining which parent the children should have their primary residence with, or if there should be a shared parenting arrangement;
- Negotiating a parenting schedule that ensures generous access and involvement in each child’s life for both parents regardless of who the children reside with primarily;
- Deciding who should be responsible for certain decision involving the children, and which decisions should be made jointly;
- Coordinating travel and vacation arrangements involving the children;
- Assessing the appropriateness of moving the children to a different community or school;
- Cultivating and coordinating positive communication, coordination and dispute resolution between co-parents;
- Assessing the child support obligations of the parties;
In some cases, issues of domestic violence and abuse become factors in determining the appropriate child custody and parenting arrangement between parties. In these cases, our primary concern is that of ensuring a parenting arrangement that secures the safety of the child and all parties involved.
To book an initial consultation to discuss the above matters, please call our office at 403-948-0009.