What Does Shared Parental Responsibility Mean?

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By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

When children are involved in a divorce, the issues become many, to be decided amongst the husband and wife or ordered by the court in the best interests of the children.  The first issue is time sharing.  Where will the children spend most of their time.  Or will it be a 50/50 split between husband and wife?  After time sharing is determined, then the child support calculation is done.  Who will pay what to whom?  Then there are other considerations like health insurance, uncovered medical bills, transportation, private school, camp, vacation time with each parent, and shared parental responsibility.

What does shared parental responsibility mean?  First, both parents are obligated to support their children.  Second, with major decisions affecting the child’s life, both parents have equal say.  For example, whether or not the children are brought up in a certain religion, whether…

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