Child Custody And Child Support Lawyers - Stephen Durbin and Associates

How Lawyers Get Child Custody and Child Support in Toronto

If you have children, your most important concern will likely be how they will be affected by your separation or divorce. During a divorce one of the most significant sources of stress relates to concerns around child custody and access: Who gets custody? How is custody determined? Where will the children live during the separation?

In Need of a Child Custody Lawyer?

As one of Toronto’s most trusted family law firms, almost all of our matters at Stephen Durbin and Associates involve child custody and access arrangements. We strive with each client, each family, to bring back value to family law. To do so, we understand that there is a need to comprehend the process, and we are committed to helping every step of the way.

Child Custody Attorney Service - Stephen Durbin and Associates
Child Custody Attorney Service - Stephen Durbin and Associates

In Need of a Child Custody Lawyer?

As one of Toronto’s most trusted family law firms, almost all of our matters at Stephen Durbin and Associates involve child custody and access arrangements. We strive with each client, each family, to bring back value to family law. To do so, we understand that there is a need to comprehend the process, and we are committed to helping every step of the way.

How Does Child Custody Law Work?
What is Access?

To better reflect the responsibilities of a parent or family member, “custody” is now referred to as the “decision-making responsibility” for the children and “access” is the “parenting time” and primary place of residence of the children upon separation or divorce.

Decision-Making Responsibility (formerly custody)

The responsibility of making “significant decisions about a child’s well-being, including … (a) health; (b) education; (c) culture, language, religion and spirituality; and (d) significant extra-curricular activities”.

Decision-making responsibility can be…

Sole: the other parent does not need to be involved when making decisions for the children.

Joint: parents and/or family members share the right to make decisions for the children and must remain involved in same.

Parenting/Contact Time (formerly access)

The time a child spends in the care of a parent or family member, including where the child will live and day-to-day decisions for the child.

This time is often determined by way of a schedule, and can be…

Shared: when a child lives with a parent at least 40% of the time.

Split: when there is more than one child and each parent has more than one child living with them most of the time.

Supervised: when there are safety concerns for the children, another person (either a friend, relative, or professional) will attend parenting/contact time.

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Putting Your Children First

Decision-making responsibility (custody) and parenting time (access) of the children should be determined by the best interests of the children, and a number of factors are considered, including each parent’s ability to care for the child; the child’s physical safety, emotional security,

How Much is Child Support?
How is it Calculated?

Child support is determined using the Federal Child Support Guidelines, which considers each parent’s gross income, extraordinary expenses, and parenting arrangements.

In Ontario, children have a right to child support. To ensure these rules are followed when determining who should pay support and the amount payable each month, you can reach out to a family law lawyer for help when drafting your separation agreement or you can go to family law court, where a judge will make an interim or final order.

Determine which guidelines apply.

This will depend on where the children live, as it changes by province, territory, and country. Ontario uses the Federal Child Support Guidelines,

Determine the number of children requiring support.

This includes any dependent children, either under the age of majority (18) or those who have reached the age of majority (18+), and are pursing

Determine the parenting arrangement and schedule.

This refers to the amount of time the child spends with each parent. When the children live with a parent more than 60% of the time, the parent

Find the right table.

The Federal Child Support Guidelines have different tables depending on the income; the number of children; and the province, territory, or

Calculate both parents’ annual incomes.

Full and honest financial disclosure is important when calculating child support as it can greatly influence the amount payable by an individual.

Find the table amount.

Once you have determined the appropriate table based on province, territory, or country of residence of the paying parent (Step 4), you use

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(Decision Making Responsibility) & Support Case Lawyers

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