Residents in Ontario may benefit from learning more about how non-parents can obtain custody rights to a child. In Ontario, an individual is considered a non-parent unless they have adopted the child, are the biological parent, were declared as the parent by a court order or are presumed to be the father by the Children's Law Reform Act.
Non-parents are required to possess a court order as a proof of custody in order to apply for a passport, acquire benefits for the child, provide consent for medical treatment or register the child in school. In order to receive a custody order, non-parents are required to submit a police records check, a form that allows children aid societies to supply the applicant's personal information, Form 35.1 and Form 8. Form 35.1 is an affidavit in support of claim for custody or access, and Form 8 is the custody application.