The parent who has sole custody of the children has all the rights and responsibilities for the children. They are solely responsible for making all of the decisions for the children without the other parent being able to interfere in those decisions. The other parent’s right is limited to that of access. Access is the right to visit with the children. The access parent also has the right to make inquiries and receive information from those involved in the health, welfare and education of the children such as doctors, dentists, teachers and daycare providers.
When deciding which parent will have custody of the children, a Court will consider what is in the best interests of the children. It is possible for a Court to make an Order for more than one parent to have custody, i.e. joint custody.