When one family splits apart, parents have an important decision on how they are going to take care of their children and make them this transition as painless as possible. Parents who have never lived together, but still have kids, have to resolve this situation as well. There are some essential regulations you need to understand when it comes to your responsibilities as a parent. In 2013 the provincial law changed and, it has taken the new approach, now, it focuses more on parents’ responsibilities than on parents’ rights.

This has become a new way of looking at parenting after legal separation, one that encourages the parents to respect each other, regardless of their disagreement. However, legal terms can be confusing for newly separated parents because provincial and federal laws can often be in a collision regarding the language and legal terminology.

So, let’s look at some of the most popular ones:

Guardianship – when a child lives with both parents, then they are his or her legal guardians. When parents get separated, they continue to assume the same role, until the court decides the other way. Guardians are required to respect the parental responsibilities and parental time.

Parental responsibilities – guardians are responsible for making decisions about their kids. The choices they make are called parental responsibilities. They involve day – to -day and any significant decisions regarding health, education, religion and other activities. After the separation, guardians continue to perform such actions which are in the best interest of their children. You can reach an agreement together, or if you are unable, the court will decide instead of you.

Parenting time – this is the time the guardian spends with a child. During the parenting time, a legal guardian is responsible for the care of the child and his supervision, and this involves day – to day decisions. Parenting time can be decided between parents if they can reach an agreement. It means that parenting time will equally be divided between them. On the other hand, if parents fail to comply with this, the court will decide instead of them.