A divorce is the legal process which terminates a marriage. Divorces in Canada are governed by the Divorce Act, which outlines the laws regarding divorce, the laws related to child support, custody and access for children of the marriage and the laws related to spousal support for married spouses.
Whether your divorce is complicated – involving issues of support, property division and parenting – or simple, the process is complex. Many documents must be filed to complete even the most straightforward, uncontested divorce and very specific procedural rules must be followed.
CHILD CUSTODY & ACCESS LAW
When two people have a child, presumptively they have equal rights and equal responsibilities with respect to raising their child. They have an equal right to make decisions about their child’s care and upbringing. This is true whether the parents are married or not.
When parents live together, they can make decisions about their child’s care and upbringing together on a day-to-day basis. As a couple, they work out how they spend time with and share responsibility for their child.