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Custody & Decision Making

Children who experience a divorce or separation will either:

  • Primarily reside with one parent

  • Spend equal amounts of time with both parents

  • Or; live with someone else

The term "decision-making responsibility" refers to the duty to decide crucial matters pertaining to the welfare of the children. This covers choices involving the children's:

  • medical care

  • educational instruction

  • religion

  • spirituality 

  • culture 

  • linguistics

  • important after-school activities


You have a variety of options for making significant decisions:

  • Joint Responsibility: You and the other parent are jointly responsible for making decisions; you consult with each other to do so.

  • Sole responsibility: The decision-making is solely the responsibility of one parent.

  • Separated (parallel) decision-making authority: You are in charge of some decisions (such as those pertaining to your wellness and spirituality), and the other parent is in charge of other ones (for example, on education).


You should carefully assess which strategy is best for your situation and your children's interests. 

Deciding Custody

In the event of a separation or divorce, the care of children must be defined by issues related to child custody, access and primary residence.


When determining child custody, some important areas to consider are who gets primary residence of the child, who will make healthcare decisions for the child, schooling and who will have responsibilities for the child's extra curricular activities outside of the home.


Vamos Law can help you reach a child custody and access settlement that is fair for all parties, with the children's rights and welfare taking first priority.


For more details on our divorce services or for a 30 minute free consultation to discuss your case, contact us.

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