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Decision making - talking to your partner about it

Contact us today to find out how we can help you get the decision making arrangement that works for you.

Talking to your partner about decision making

in Family Law

You and your partner can try to agree on decision-making responsibility without going to court. Decision-making responsibility used to be called custody. You can talk to your partner on your own, with the help of someone you both trust, or with the help of a lawyer or mediator.


Some of the things you have to decide on are:

  • who makes major decisions about your child

  • who your child lives with

  • whether one of you has to pay child support and how much child support

  • how to discuss things to avoid conflicts

  • how to get information about your child from other people like doctors and teachers

  • how to deal with changes in the future

If you agree on issues related to your children, you can make a parenting plan. A parenting plan can be an informal arrangement between the two of you, or it can be part of your separation agreement.

Talking to your partner may not be an option where there is a history of partner abuse.

Your parenting plan or separation agreement has to follow certain rules to make it binding and enforceable under the law. This means your agreement is made in a way that allows the court to order you or your partner to do what the agreement says, if either of you stop following it. Caution is advised when making a separation agreement as they usually end in litigation when improperly drafted. Contact us today for assistance with your separation agreement.

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