Both parents are responsible for the custody, supervision and education of the child, as well as financially supporting that child.

Both parents exercise parental authority together.

If there is a breakdown in the relationship of the parents, those responsibilities do not change.  Furthermore, the parental authority of each parent is equal unless a court decides otherwise.

If the parents cannot agree on the custody and support of their children and institute court proceedings, then they are required to attend a family mediation information session.  Couples with children are entitled to six free mediation sessions with a licensed family mediator.

Every decision by the court regarding a child must take into account the best interest of that child.  Some factors taken into account by the court include the child’s age, medical issues, family environment, personality, intellectual, physical and emotional needs.

When a child’s interests are at stake, that child has the right to be heard by the court if their age and maturity level allow for it.

If custody is granted to one parent or to a third party, both parents still retain the right of parental authority and can supervise the day-to-day care and education of the child.

Both parents are required to contribute to the financial needs of the child, in proportion to their means.

The above is intended to provide general information and is not to be taken as legal advice for a particular situation.  If you require a legal opinion, please contact an attorney.