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Making Decisions and Spending Time with Children

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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.