Determining How To Parent Together While Apart

Nothing is more important than safeguarding the well-being of your children during and after divorce or separation. For this reason, we at Vale Family Law & Mediation seek to help you craft a child custody agreement that protects your parental rights and the best interests of your children.

Our family law lawyers help married and unmarried parents in Chilliwack, the Fraser Valley and beyond find creative solutions to dividing parenting responsibilities and parenting time, sometimes known as “custody” and “access.” This includes working through:

  • Who will take care of the children or how you will share this responsibility according to a parenting time schedule
  • Who will make decisions about your child’s education, religious instruction, health care and other important aspects of growing up
  • What kind of contact your child will have with grandparents and other family members who are not primary guardians
  • How child support will factor into your agreement

A Word About Child Support

You may already agree on child support, and if so, we can ensure your decision is properly documented in your agreement. However, if you cannot agree or you need guidance on where to start, we will explain how the child support guidelines may be applied to your family’s situation. These guidelines are designed to help parents (and judges) make informed decisions about child support. We will translate these guidelines into practical terms, so you will know what to expect when it comes to supporting your children following separation or divorce.

Representation Tailored To Your Family’s Needs

The good news is that there are numerous possibilities for arranging your parental agreement, and that no two agreements will be exactly the same. This is one of the reasons we encourage parents to work out these details through negotiation or mediation. Doing so means you can reach an agreement uniquely tailored to your family’s needs, which you know better than any judge ever will.

Our lawyers are ready to help you in the process of negotiation. If an agreement cannot be reached amicably, we are also fully prepared to represent your interests in seeking a court order.

We Are Here To Help Your Family Move Forward

We can provide the legal insight and representation to ensure the decisions you make are legally binding and fair to both you and your children. Contact our office by calling 604-858-9971 to discuss your concerns about child custody or support. You may also email us with your enquiry or to schedule an appointment.