Access/Visitation Issues

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The right of the child to visit or spend time with each parent is sometimes called ‘access’. On May 26th, 2017, the term ‘access’ was removed from provincial legislation, and replaced with the terms ‘parenting time’, ‘contact time’, and ‘interaction’. The term ‘access’ is still used in divorce matters.


The test that the court uses to make decisions about custody and parenting arrangements is called ‘the best interests of the child,’ where the children’s needs and well-being are always the most important factors. The judge must decide what is best for the children, not what is best for the parents.

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