Making Decisions and Spending Time with Children
When parents separate, they have to make decisions like:
- Where will our child live?
- Who will make major decisions about our child?
- How much time will each of us spend with our child?
These issues are referred to as decision-making responsibility and parenting time. Decision-making responsibility used to be called custody. Parenting time used to be called access.
Parenting arrangements can be informal, part of a written agreement, or ordered by the court.
Parents in this resource refers to all parents a child might have.