Parents going through a divorce in Ontario may want to become familiar with the different kinds of child custody. Depending on the custody arrangement that is worked out during a divorce, a parent may have joint custody, sole custody or access. The custody arrangement may be arranged by parents during mediation or decided by a judge in a court hearing.
If parents are able to make decisions about their child together, a judge may approve an order for joint child custody. Because joint custody means both parents will have to agree on all major decisions about their child's life, this arrangement requires a lot of communication between the two parents. In some cases, parents with joint custody may decide to divide decision-making responsibilities rather than communicate with each other about each decision.