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Key responsibilities of custodial parents

After a divorce in Tennessee, one parent may be given primary physical custody of a child. This means that the child lives with this individual more than half of the time. Although custodial parents may have significant influence over how the child is raised, the noncustodial parent has rights as well. Custodial parents are expected to adhere to a visitation schedule as closely as possible. Visitation schedules may be determined by the parents themselves or by a judge.

Even if a custodial parent has the power to make decisions for the child, the other parent should be consulted on important issues related to the minor. It may be a good idea to create a parenting plan that determines how decisions are made on the child's behalf. Any decisions that are made will need to take the child's best interests into account.

This means that a parent will do what is best for the child even if it isn't necessarily best for the parent. The noncustodial parent should know if the custodial guardian is taking the child out of the state regardless of the reason why. Furthermore, parents should talk about how to pay for large purchases or other expenses that may help the child live a happier or healthier life. This makes it more likely that both parents will be able to handle the expense with relative ease.

It may be a good idea to speak with a family law attorney for help resolving child custody or support issues. A legal professional may also be able to help parents resolve any other issue that involves their kids. Working with an outside party can make easier for a mother or father to create solutions to problems without exposing the child to tension or conflict.

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