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Separation and Divorce: Child Custody, Access, and Parenting Plans

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What is access?

When a child lives mainly with one parent, the child and the other parent usually have the right to spend time together. This is called access.

A parent with access also has the right to ask for, and get, information about their child’s health, education, and well-being from the other parent or places, such as schools and hospitals. But for some health information requests, such as hospital records, the parent with sole custody may need to agree in writing first.