When two parents decide to divorce, they face a long list of considerations and issues that need to be resolved. Child custody and family visitation arrangements are among the most important and often the most complex. In Ontario, the courts will make every effort to ensure that both parents have a meaningful and ongoing relationship with their children. However, the process in Southern California can be complex, and it is often advisable to seek the assistance of an experienced child visitation attorney.
At All American Law, we have a team of experienced child custody and visitation lawyers who can help you navigate the process and everyone’s legal rights. We are experts in devising creative visitation solutions that work for both parents and children, ensuring that as much contact as appropriate is maintained. With our help, you can be sure your relationship with your children will be protected.
There are a number of different visitation scenarios that the court may order in Ontario. The specific arrangement will be based on the case’s unique circumstances and the child’s best interests. The following are common visitation arrangements:
No matter what type of visitation arrangement is ordered by the court, it is important to remember that it can always be modified if the circumstances of the case change. For example, if the custodial parent gets remarried or moves to a new city, the visitation schedule may need to be modified to appropriately accommodate the change.
There are many different issues that can lead to conflict when it comes to child visitation. The following are some of the most common:
A: No, a mother cannot legally stop a father from seeing his child unless a court order states otherwise. If the court gives the father visitation rights with the child, the mother must allow him to do so. If there is a new concern the mother has post-divorce about the father’s ability to care for or act in the child’s best interests, she should bring these concerns to the court and request a modification to the visitation schedule.
A: A mother cannot deny a father access to his child simply because she wishes to. There must be a legitimate concern raised to the court and an order put in place by a judge. Some reasons why a mother might prevail in court to deny access would be if the father has a substance abuse problem, there is a history of domestic violence, or the child has expressed a desire not to see the father.
A: In Ontario, there is no set age at which a child can decide not to see a parent. The court will consider the child’s preferences, but ultimately it is up to the court to decide what is most suitable for the child’s scenario. The court will consider a number of factors, including the child’s age, maturity, and ability to understand the situation. Once a child is no longer a minor (18+ years old), they can choose not to see a parent if they wish.
A: Yes, grandparents can get visitation rights in Ontario, CA. The grandparent must file an application with the court and show that it is in the best interests of the child to have contact with the grandparent. The court will consider a number of factors, including the child’s relationship with the grandparent and the child’s wishes. The court will also ensure there are no historic issues between the grandparents and the child.
If you are in the midst of a divorce or child custody battle and have questions about visitation, it is important to speak with an experienced lawyer. The lawyers at All American Law can help you understand the landscape of child visitation and what to expect. We have seen a diverse array of cases and can help you develop a strategy that is tailored to your specific situation. Contact us today to begin a consultation and see how we can help you.