Parenting & guardianship

If your relationship ends, you and your ex-spouse need to make arrangements for any dependent children you have. This includes organizing parenting time, parental responsibilities, and maybe even contact arrangements for other relatives and people involved in the child's life.

In all situations, the decisions you make need to be in the child's best interests. If the courts are involved, a judge will only ever consider what's best for the child.


How a person can become a parent, the rights and responsibilities of step-parents, and how you can get help resolving parenting issues after separation.


What it means to be a child's guardian, who can be a guardian, and how to become a guardian.

Non-guardians' contact with children

There are different words to describe the time that a person who isn't a guardian or who doesn't have custody of a child spends with that child.

Moving and travelling with your children

When you share parenting time, parental responsibilities, or guardianship of your child with another person, your parenting arrangements will often restrict whether you can move away or travel with your child.