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How do I legally separate from my partner?
As of March 1, 2021, the term custody has changed to decision-making responsibility. And in most situations, the term access has changed to parenting time. Now, all parents usually have parenting time.
Also, a person who isn't a parent or step-parent may get a contact order to spend time with a child. For example a grandparent can get this order.
You only have to want to live "separate and apart" from your partner to legally separate from them. This means that you have:
- decided that you want to end your marriage or common-law relationship, and
- started to behave in a way that shows you want to end the relationship.
Only one of you has to want this for you to legally separate.
After you separate, most people need to make important decisions on their family law issues. If you and your partner agree on your issues, you should put what you’ve agreed on in a written separation agreement. If you can’t agree, you can ask a family law professional for help or ask a judge in court to decide.