A Day In The Life Of A Custodial Parent And Non Custodial Parent.

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

A parent who has the children more than 38% of the time is the designated primary residential parent.  What does that mean?  That means that day to day decision making regarding the children belong to that parent.  That parent is responsible for scheduling after school activities; medical and dental appointments; what the children will eat for dinner; when the children will do homework; what the children will wear.  The other parent, under shared parental responsibiliby, will have a say in whether the children attend after care, take piano lessons, riding lessons or music.  The other parent will have decision making input as to major upbringing of the child/ren.  But as primary residential parent with major day to day decision making, this burden resides with the primary residential parent.

As the non custodial parent, you have major decision making input: decision making as to religious training, horse back riding lessons vs. music lessons, sleepaway camp vs. day camp, private school vs. public school.  Non custodial parents have shared parental responsibility as to major decisions in rearing a child. 

If the parties cannot agree, then they must attend mediation to determine what is in the best interests of the child.  Then if a judge must micro manage a child’s life he/she will do it in the best interests of the child/ren. For more information about this or other divorce topics, call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A.at 561 835 9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at www.familylawwpb.com for more information.


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