After parents separate, they must develop a parenting plan for the children, or a family court judge has to order where the children will live and who has custody. In this informative video, Certified Specialist in Family Law, John Schuman, a Toronto Family Lawyer who has handled hundreds of difficult child custody cases, explains what the term “child custody” really means as it is commonly misunderstood. Further, he explains the different types of custody orders or agreements. Parents can have sole custody, joint custody, split custody or shared custody and sometimes those are combined with “parallel parenting.” John explains what each of these terms means, when that type of custody works best and how judges choose between them. This is a “must-see” video for separating or separated parents so they can ensure the final decision is what is in the children’s best interest.
Custody orders and agreements can have profound effects on children’s lives. To understand better about what role children should play in deciding how they will be parented after separation, watch this video, listen to this podcast and read this page. For a description of how family court judges decide child custody and access cases generally, read this page. It is important to know as much as possible about child custody cases before going to family court or family mediation, or trying to negotiate a parenting plan, to ensure that the final parenting arrangements are what is best for the children. The test may be “best interests of the child”, but a lot depends on knowing how a judge or arbitrator figures out what is in the child’s best interest so you can make sure the judge or arbitrator knows what he or she needs to make the right custody decision.
John is a top child custody lawyer and he has included a lot of information about child custody cases, how to win them, and how to look after your children in separation and divorce in his $20 easy-to-understand book on Ontario Family Law. The book not only explains custody and access, and the different types, but most other common family law issues. It also explains how child custody cases in family court, in mediation, arbitration and in custody/access assessments. There are many mistakes people can unknowing make in child custody cases, but John’s book explains how to avoid those mistakes and get the order or agreement that is best for your children.
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Informative and helpful as always, John.