Some terms in the Divorce Act changed on March 1, 2021
Effective March 1, 2021, the federal Divorce Act uses terms similar to those in the BC Family Law Act.
- The terms decision-making responsibility and parenting time replaces "custody."
- The terms contact and parenting time replace "access."
The BC Family Law Act uses the term guardian to describe people who:
spend time with and care for the child, and
are responsible for making decisions that affect them.
Learn how you can make a parenting agreement about how you'll share parenting time and parental responsibilities after you separate.
Learn about what terms the Divorce Act uses to describe the arrangements separating parents (who are or used to be married) make for their children.
Anyone can apply to become a child's guardian but the court will only consider what's best for the child. Find out how to apply to become a guardian.
If you die or can't take care of your children, what happens to them depends on what plans you've made for them. Find out what you can do to make back-up plans for your child's future care.