How Much Time Would a Judge Grant to Me?

May 8th, 2014 by John Schuman

How Much Time Would a Judge Grant to Me?
Toronto Family Law lawyer, John Schuman, was asked this question just recently: “My ex girlfriend and her parents are not allowing me to have my son outside of their house and are only allowing me in the house four hours a day to see him. I would like to have joint custody of my son and have him every other weekend and twice a week. How much time would a judge or what would a judge grant me?”

Here is John’s answer:


All cases about the parenting of a child are decided based on the “best interests” of the particular child. So, whether your request is appropriate depends on your child’s specific circumstances. You really should speak to a family law lawyer about the details of your case. Nothing in your request sounds unusual for a school-aged child.

If you want to know more about how judges decide parenting cases, including the specific factors they consider, you should listen to this podcast. Or you can read this page about how judges decide parenting cases and this page about what “child custody” means.

In all cases, judges want to see that separated parents are taking the right approach to parenting their children and that they are putting their child first. This podcast explains a lot about how to put your children first and be the best parent after a separation.

For more information about child custody cases, including an explanation of how the family court process works, the alternatives to going to court (that may work better for you and your child) and some tips on how to get what you want, get a copy of this $20 easy-to-understand book on the basics of Ontario Family Law here.

For more information on marriage registration and family law, please contact Toronto family lawyer John Schuman at 416-446-5080 or online.


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