Do I have to share custody with my ex-partner?

When parents separate, each parent continues to have equal shared parental responsibility. This means that each parent is responsible for decisions about long term issues such as education, healthcare, religion, lifestyle, and support. A court may decide that it is in the best interests of a child to remove parental responsibility from one or both parents. However, equal shared parental responsibility does not equate to equal time with your child, as it may be in the best interests of the child to spend most of their time with one parent and see the other parent on weekends or at another arranged time. Again, child parenting comes down to what is in the child’s best interests. 

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