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Legal Representation for Custody Matters in Ontario & Understanding Decision Making Responsibility

Navigating custody matters requires compassionate support and expert legal guidance. At INB Family Law LLP, we understand the complexities involved in child custody cases and are dedicated to protecting the best interests of you and your children. Our experienced custody lawyers provide personalized representation to ensure fair and favorable outcomes.

Understanding Child Custody

Child custody involves determining where children will live and who will make important decisions about their upbringing. Our knowledgeable lawyers provide guidance on legal standards, types of custody arrangements, and factors considered by the court. We help you understand your rights and options to make informed decisions.

Decision Making Responsibility

Decision-making responsibility refers to the authority to make significant decisions regarding the child's upbringing, such as those related to education, healthcare, and religion. This aspect of custody can be granted solely to one parent (sole custody) or shared jointly between both parents (joint custody).

Types of Custody Arrangements

Child custody can take various forms, each with its own implications for parental rights and responsibilities. Understanding the different types of custody arrangements is essential for making informed decisions:

Sole Custody

Sole custody grants one parent exclusive rights and responsibilities for the child's care and upbringing. This arrangement typically involves the child residing primarily with one parent, who makes major decisions about their welfare. The other parent may have visitation rights but does not share in decision-making authority.

Joint Custody

Joint custody involves both parents sharing legal custody, allowing them to make decisions jointly regarding the child's upbringing, education, healthcare, and other important matters. Physical custody arrangements may vary, with the child spending significant time with each parent. Joint custody requires effective communication and cooperation between parents.

Shared Custody

Shared custody, also known as equal or shared parenting, entails the child spending roughly equal time living with each parent. Both parents share legal and physical custody responsibilities, making decisions together and providing care and support for the child. Shared custody arrangements aim to maintain a strong bond with both parents and ensure their active involvement in the child's life.

Factors Considered by the Court

When determining custody arrangements, the court considers various factors to ensure the child's best interests are prioritized. Understanding these factors can help parents navigate the legal process and advocate for their rights. These factors may include:

  • The child's age, needs, and preferences (if mature enough to express them)
  • The physical and mental health of each parent
  • The history of caregiving and involvement in the child's life
  • The ability of each parent to provide a stable and nurturing environment
  • The willingness of each parent to facilitate the child's relationship with the other parent

Custody Proceedings

Child custody proceedings can be emotionally challenging and legally complex. Our skilled lawyers guide you through the process, advocating for your interests at every stage. We work diligently to negotiate agreements or represent you in court, ensuring that your voice is heard and your child's well-being is prioritized.

Why Choose INB Family Law for Custody Matters

Choosing the right legal representation is crucial in custody matters. At INB Family Law LLP, we offer compassionate support and expert guidance to navigate the complexities of child custody cases. With our dedicated lawyers by your side, you can trust that your case will be handled with care and expertise, prioritizing the best interests of your children.


  • I was one of INB’s first clients. I worked with Nafisa on my collaborative law case. She was very knowledgeable, responsive, gave me good advice, guided me through a challenging process and ultimately we landed in a good place. Would strongly recommend this firm for any family law matter when you need to have a group of strong professionals on your side.
    J Conrad
  • I have been a client of Adam Borer’s since the fall of 2016. Adam has represented my interests since then and this past year I followed Adam to INB Family Lawyers where each member of the INB team that I have interacted with has been kind, professional and always helpful.
    Kathlene Weston
  • INB Family Law really helped me out when I was going through a hard time with my wife. Jason was my lawyer, and he billed me extremely fairly, what I paid is more than fair and it showed in his work when I was his client.
    Elderick Foo

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