A parent that has been awarded sole physical custody of a child, or the parent whom the child primarily lives with is referred to as the custodial parent. The custodial parent is responsible for the day-to-day care of the child. In most cases, if both parents are considered to be fit, the courts will assign joint physical and legal custody where both parents legally share parental duties, but it is not uncommon for the court to specifically state, in any custody and visitation order, where the child will spend most of his or her time, which is referred to as primary custodial parent. The primary custodial parent has the right to make decisions about the child’s daily activities without discussing with the other parent allowing the child’s life to run smoothly without much interruption from his or her regular schedule. However, with that being said, this does not mean that the primary custodial parent can keep information about the child from the other parent if the other parent is fit and has been granted visitation rights by the courts. In addition to the care of the child, a custodial parent has a responsibility to the other parent as to the child’s well-being, medical records, school records, extraordinary expenses and more.
Whether you are just starting the divorce process and working out child custody, need a revision to child custody, or find yourself as the non-custodial parent being excluded from important documents, decisions and records regarding your child, Kevin Hickey Law Partners can help. Unfortunately, many parents cannot separate their ill feelings towards their former spouse and their responsibility to hold the best interest of the child at the forefront. All family courts have set the best interest of the child as the legal standard to ensure that every child grows up happy and healthy no matter the situation. If you feel your child’s best interests are not being met, do not delay and call us today. You can never act too soon with matters regarding your child.
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