Being a child's guardian involves spending time caring for the child, and being responsible for decisions that affect them.
Learn how you can make a parenting agreement about how you will share parenting time and parental responsibilities after you separate.
Having custody means your child lives with you at least some of the time, and you have rights and responsibilities to make decisions about them. Find out more about when the term "custody" is used and the types of custody arrangements.
Anyone can apply to become a child's guardian but the court will only consider what's best for the child. Find out how to apply to become a guardian.
If you die or can't take care of your children, what happens to them depends on what plans you've made for them. Find out what you can do to make back-up plans for your child's future care.