What do you do if the other parent in your Ontario custody case doesn’t even bother to respond to it?

child whose parents take no interest in custody case

It is certainly a sad situation when a parent of a child does not even take enough interest in parenting to respond to your claim for custody of the child.  It certainly sounds like that parent does not want to play a role in the child’s life.  Fortunately, when that happens, there are court procedures in place to make it easier to get a child custody order.


You can file for an "uncontested trial."  There is a specific Ontario Court Form for that: . The case law says that on issues related to parenting, the judge should really hear from both sides - see this case as a good example.  So you will have to explain in your documents, and to the judge, how hard you tired to get the other parent to participate.


To be successful, you will also have to address all the factors that a judge wants to hear about in custody cases, and show why your parenting plan is in the child's best interest.  To prepare your documents, and get ready for court, you should listen to this podcast and read this article


You might also want to watch this video on child support or listen to this podcast as just because a parent does not want to play a role in a child’s life does not mean that parent should not pay child support. 


You may also want to pick up a copy of this $20, easy-to-understand book on Ontario Family that explains the family court process in more detail and also gives a fuller explanation of custody and access (and also child support).  It will help you understand better what you have to do to get the family court order that you want.  Of course, the best way to ensure that you get the custody order that you want and you get the appropriate amount of child support is to consult a lawyer.  Even if you do not have the lawyer represent you in court, you can get a lot of helpful advice at a consult that will save you a lot of time and money and get you into a better position before the court. 

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