Custody issues are…
often among the most heart-wrenching aspects of a divorce case. At Fleetwood Family Law we will work with you to achieve the best outcome for your child.
Under the BC Family Law Act, birth parents are assumed the guardians of the child and are expected to share parental responsibilities. If you believe you should have sole custody, you must get an Order where the court makes an exception to the default rule. To achieve this, you must present convincing evidence of problems between the parent and child – not between yourself and the other parent.
Unreasonable and vindictive parents can cause life-altering damage to children caught in the middle of divorce disputes. The lawyers at Fleetwood Family Law do not engage in battles which use children as pawns. Clients who begin their divorce journey looking to wreak revenge on their child’s parent quickly come to see the flaw of this motivation and adopt more moderate views. By doing so, they win much more in terms of general happiness, and save much more by not chasing vengeance through unhealthy custody disputes.
That said, there are circumstances where sole custody is warranted, and in these cases we have been successful on our clients’ behalf. However, these were grievous situations, and rare. Our firm always avoids becoming instrumental in unhealthy attempts at parental – or grandparental – alienation. If you believe an unhealthy dynamic is affecting your good faith attempts to negotiate parenting arrangements, call us for help. A child is more healthy, safe and happy when fully connected with their extended family.