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Learn about the single most important question in any dispute over child custody and access

Children shoes with blocks spelling out child custody, an area of family law handled by the Edmonton law firm, Sharek & Co, which has divorce lawyers for legal matters such as separation, child custody, child support, spousal support, property division, emergency protection orders and restraining orders.If you are no longer in a relationship that included one or more children, you and your former partner must agree on:

  • a structure that sets out how decision making will happen
  • how day-to-day care will be delivered
  • how much time each party will spend with the children

There are no set presumptions in law as to how any of these child custody and access questions are determined.  Instead, the law applies the deceptively simple test of "What is in the best interests of the child?"  It's important to understand that in this child-centered process success depends in large part on being able to articulate to both your ex-partner and the court why the plan you have for the children is in their best interest.

The awarding of custody has nothing to do with any issues you may have had with your former partner.  Instead, it is all about putting together, with the help of a skilled and compassionate family law lawyer, a custody agreement that provides the maximum benefit for the child.

For more information about child custody law and Father's Rights and Mother's Rights, please refer to our Family Law FAQ page or contact us online.  You will quickly see why any search for the best rated Family Law lawyers in Edmonton is not complete until you have spoken to us.


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Sharek Logan & van Leenen LLP Family Law Legal Team

Matthew Pagels, a lawyer in the Edmonton law firm Sharek & Co, where he handles family law, including divorce, spousal support, legal separation, child custody and child support, criminal law and general civil litigation.

Matthew Pagels


Kristy Moore, a lawyer in the Edmonton law firm Sharek & Co. where she handles family law, including divorce and separation, spousal support, child custody and support and division of matrimonial property.

Kristy L. Moore


Pauline M. Blais


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