When a Couple Separates.

Child Custody and Access Rights

Ministère de la Justice

Important Notice

This page is being updated. Meanwhile, as the information currently online may not be complete, we invite you to consult the French version. Thank you for your understanding.

Following a separation, you will have important decisions to make concerning your children, including decisions about child custody (sole custody, shared custody) and access rights (visiting rights, outing rights). Parents may enter into an amicable agreement with the help of a family mediator.

If you cannot agree with your former spouse, the court will take parenting ability into account. It will assess whether you are able to meet your children’s needs, whether you can provide them with stability, and if are willing to maintain a connection with the other parent. Your children’s ages are other factors that will be considered.

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