Use a Child Custody Lawyer in Oakville, ON to Secure Your Parenting Time and Decision-Making Rights

Unsurprisingly, decision making and ensuring fair parenting time are the most emotional and difficult family law issues to resolve during separation and divorce. In the past, these issues were known as custody and access when working with legal terms.

You want to remain an important part of your children’s lives, and you are worried about their well-being and financial security. Geoffrey Carpenter and his team in Oakville understand.

Your child’s best interests are paramount, and coming to an agreement or understanding with an ex-partner can become extremely difficult when strong emotions enter the picture.

You have legal rights regarding parenting time and decision making. We know what they are, and our legal team at Carpenter Family Law will work hard to ensure your rights are respected.

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Decision Making

Decision making refers to making decisions regarding a child’s:

  • Health
  • Education
  • Religion
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Overall well-being

Joint decision making means that, although you are divorced from your spouse, you can cooperate to make decisions about your children together.

Sole decision making means that one parent has exclusive rights to make decisions regarding the child, while the other parent has the right to be informed of all matters regarding their child.

Parenting Time

Access refers to the living arrangements for the children and takes into account factors like:

  • Parental work schedules
  • Creating a stable environment for the child
  • Age of the child or children
  • Lifestyle and behaviour of the parent
  • Wishes of the child

At Carpenter Family Law in Oakville, our child custody lawyers strive to work with your spouse to resolve access issues outside of the courtroom, thus minimizing its emotional impact. We provide mediation for both parties or represent one party.

In cases where both parties cannot agree on either parenting time or decision making, a judge will focus on what is in the children’s best interests. Carpenter Family Law has helped many families navigate complicated legal issues both in and outside of court.

We believe that no parent should be denied decision-making rights or parenting time for any illogical reason.

Maintaining the love, affection, and emotional ties you have created with your child is critical. We strive to ensure that our clients benefit from our specialized expertise in these difficult matters.

Request a free consultation by calling our office (905) 842-0635 or emailing

Mediation and Arbitration

When parents cannot agree on a decision regarding a particular matter, they may turn to mediation or arbitration to help resolve the issue. Mediation is generally a faster, less adversarial and less invasive approach to dispute resolution. There may also be significant cost savings in choosing mediation.

Request a Consultation

The first step towards resolving your legal dispute is to request a consultation with a child custody lawyer in Oakville at Carpenter Family Law.

We will get back to you in 24 hours and help you begin this challenging process with sharp legal acumen, compassion and understanding.

Request a free consultation by calling our office (905) 842-0635 or emailing