This information is about parenting a child—if you have a child with another person and you have separated or are about to separate, or if you have never lived together as a couple but you have a child together.

Family law is complicated. It is important to learn about family law and how it may apply to your situation. It is important to speak with a lawyer to get legal advice before you make a major decision that will affect your family, and before you enter into a written agreement or a consent court order.

Last reviewed: April 2021
Reviewed for legal accuracy by: Lawyer Shelley Hounsell-Gray, QC

Thank you to Justice Canada for funding to help update our legal information on divorce.