Child custody and contact are terms that were used in the past. They described how children would divide their time between their parents who had separated or divorced, usually referring to living and visiting arrangements. Now, the term parenting arrangements is used. It describes children’s living and visiting arrangements and agreements.

However, on this page, we continue to use the term child custody because we have found that most people generally understand it.

To learn more, see our information about access to children and parenting arrangements.

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