Being the custodial parent in the parenting relationship is one of the biggest responsibilities there is in the parenting world. Usually, you are deemed the ‘custodial parent’ when the courts agree to give you primary legal or physical custody of your child based on the circumstances of your case. Every situation is different when it comes to parenting with your ex-spouse but you will find that you will be taking on some of the largest responsibilities in your case when you are deemed custodial parent. We want to take a look at some of the different aspects that come into play when you have assumed this responsibility.
The Duties of the Custodial Parent
For one, as the custodial parent you will now be in charge of making a lot of the big decisions when you are determining the right visitation schedule for your child. You want to ensure that your child has a strong relationship with no parents, which means that you will either have to sit down with your ex-spouse and discuss these matters or take them to court. It might take some time to get the schedule right, but you want to get started immediately and try to stick with it as much as possible so your child has the right daily routine.
As the custodial parent, you always want to consider what is in the best interests of your child. This means that you want to make a variety of major decisions that will keep them happy and healthy, such as consulting the other parent when it comes to becoming a strong team and ensuring that you have a supportive and stable household at all times. If you ever decide to relocate, you want to ensure that your child has ample time to prepare for the move and that you give your ex-spouse notice so that you can discuss a new schedule that works for you.
As you can see, there are many matters to be considered when you are given this huge responsibility. Your child’s happiness depends on it, which is why it is important to speak with your attorney as soon as possible to get started on your case. We are waiting to hear from you, so contact us today.