The word guardian refers to those people responsible for caring for raising a child and making decisions for that child. Whether parents are married or not, if they live together, they are both equal guardians of their children’s care and upbringing.
In some cases, a person who is not a parent can become a guardian by either court order, or by being named in a will.
Guardianship has two parts, described below:
2. Parenting Time
We know that you love to spend time with your children, and parenting time is just that, the time that each guardian spends with the children.
During this period of parenting time, a guardian makes not only the daily decisions about what the children are doing but is also responsible for caring for and supervising the children.
The law is heavily geared in favour of what is in the best interest of the child. This means that parenting time rarely looks the same, and is usually flexible case to case.
3. Parenting Responsibilities
We understand that as parents, you have responsibilities. Some examples of the responsibilities of guardians are:
- Making decisions that affect your children daily (ie: what meals they have)
- Making a big decision that affects your children (ie: what school they go to)
- Deciding where the children will live
Your parenting plan is NOT about Mom’s rights or Dad’s rights. It is about your responsibilities.
If you are someone who wants advice about Parenting Plans, Pathway Legal is here to help.
The whole team at Pathway Legal has your back. We will guide you and your changing family’s circumstances to the new beginning you deserve.