glossary

parenting order

A parenting order is a type of court order that deals with:

  • Decision-making responsibility or who has the right to make important decisions about how to care for and raise a child. This used to be called custody.
  • Parenting time or who has the right to spend time with a child. This used to be called access. Now, all parents usually have parenting time.
  • Anything else that the court thinks is suitable. For example, the court may order that parents use an online program or journal to communicate about their child.

The court makes the parenting order based on what's in the best interests of the child.

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