Separation and Divorce Ottawa: Custody and Access

Looking for assistance regarding custody and access in Ottawa?

The terms "custody" and "access" refer to two different things:

  • "Custody" is the legal ability to make important decisions regarding your child. It does not refer to who your child will live with or how much time they spend with each parent.
  • "Access" is the right of individuals to have contact with the child. In other words, who your child lives and spends time with.

Custody can take many forms - from sole custody to joint custody, and many variations in between.  Access will also differ for every family. It might be in the best interests of your children to spend equal time with each parent, or to live mostly with one parent and spend weekends and holidays with the other parent.

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