We have well over 25 years of experience and understand what you’re going through. 

You endure many hardships and make untold sacrifices for your loved ones.  So when a separation or divorce occurs, we know that you are wounded at the core.  The bravest of us would wither; we'd crumble and  become unable to perform our basic daily activities, much less take on the legal system.  At Sterling Law we understand.  We are ready to address your situation now to ensure that you safeguard your family and property. 


Not only do we understand all the issues involved; just as importantly, we at Sterling Law understand that this is one of the most challenging times you’ll ever experience. 


Child Custody

Child custody is now known as “decision making responsibility” under the new version of the Divorce Act changes which were made in March 2021.  The considerations are the same – will you be the one making decisions about the important aspects concerning your child?  Will you decide on his or her residence, religion, education and health.  Do you want to or are you able to make joint decisions with your ex spouse?  And what’s really best for your child?  These are still the critical questions that must be negotiated between you and the other parent or argued before the court.  Let’s talk about possibilities, probabilities and the likely outcome in your case.    


As parents, we have the responsibility of caring for our children’s needs; both physical and emotional. In Ontario, each parent automatically has the right to make decisions concerning a child’s living arrangements, education, recreation, religion and medical treatment. The ideal situation is where the child’s parents have a civil working relationship, discuss and can agree on how the child’s needs may be met.

However, life is sometimes not ideal and parents may not always see eye to eye on these matters. This is where it may be necessary for the Law to create a dynamic that is in the best interest of the child and determine arrangements for parenting.  Various residential or custodial arrangements  can be made depending on your situation. 

Joint Custody means that both parents retain some or all of the parental rights. In some cases, one parent may retain full parental rights while the other has partial rights. In some other cases, both parents retain full parental rights but cannot make final decisions in certain circumstances without the consent of the other parent (education, medical treatment, travel).

Sole Custody is where only one parent retains the parental right as described above and this usually means that the child or children will live with that parent

As you can see, the situation can vary and may become complicated very quickly. As usual, the children are affected  most.  We understand that you need to assure their security and emotional well-being above all. It can be difficult to navigate the legal system to achieve this outcome and that is where we come in. We are ready to listen to your needs and assist you in creating a plan of Custody that works and is supported by the court.

Custody brings into question other areas such as Access and Child Support. Depending on the situation you are in you may also need resolution in the areas of Child Protection and Spousal Support. Family Law works like a family should; individual parts combine with others to create a working dynamic that satisfies the needs of all involved.

We at Sterling Law know the law and we can foresee things that you may not consider during the the changes to your family dynamic. With deep compassion and fierce efficiency, we will work with you to ensure that you have the support you need, from the sources you need it from.