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Ontario Child Custody

Continued from Ontario Child Custody

"Will my children have to testify in court?"
Normally no. However, in a hotly contested child custody dispute, the judge may want to speak with your children privately in the judge's office. As well, in Ontario, Canada, the children may be represented in court by a lawyer appointed by the Office of the Children's lawyer.

"What if I want to move to another city with my children?"
This is one of the most difficult situations in family law. As with any decision involving children, the court will look at the best interests of your children. In some cases, it is better for your children to stay in the same city, so they have stability in their lives. In other cases, the children will be better off moving with you to another city. It all depends on the particular circumstances of your case. Your lawyer can help you evaluate your chances of a court allowing you to move to another city with your children. Read about the latest child custody move away case

"Can my child custody and access arrangements be changed?"
Yes. Over time, children's needs change, your circumstances change and so do your former spouse's circumstances. What was best for the children at one time may no longer be in your children's best interests.

"My former spouse has denied me access visits with my children several times, contrary to our court order. What can I do?"
A family lawyer can apply to the court to have your spouse found in contempt of court. If your spouse continues to deny you access to your children, then your spouse may be fined or in extreme circumstances, jailed. A court may even allow you to have custody of your children if the denial of access is persistent. In these types of cases, it is important to document everything as it happens.

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Bitter Child Custody Battles

Behrendt Law Chambers has represented many parents in bitter child custody battles.

Bitter Child Custody Dispute Over Infant
A client came to Behrendt Law Chambers when his wife left home with their nine-month-old daughter. Communication between him and his wife had broken down completely. His wife wanted sole custody and was willing to let him see his daughter only three times per week, and then for only two to three hours per visit. Behrendt Law Chambers successfully won joint custody for his client and access with his daughter three full days per week.

In another dispute, all communication between the parents of a 10 year old and 7 year old broke down. As well, the wife had charged Behrendt Law Chambers' client with assault. Despite this, Behrendt Law Chambers obtained joint custody for their client. As well, the mother wanted to move the children from a French-language school to an English-language school. Behrendt Law Chambers ensured that the children were able to continue in the same French-language school they had been in.

Read the relevant section of the Canada Divorce Act.

Read the relevant section of the Children's Law Reform Act.

Find out more about the best interests of the child.
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