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What custodial parents are responsible for

Custodial parents in Florida and across the United States serve as the primary caregiver to their children. However, they generally don't have the right to shut the noncustodial parent out of a child's life. A court may order that the noncustodial parent has visitation or other rights to the child. If a custodial parent wishes to take the child out of his or her home state, the noncustodial parent may need to be notified.

Updating the other parent on the whereabouts of the child may be necessary whether the parent is moving or simply going on vacation. In many cases, both parents are required to contribute for large medical or other necessary expenses involving a son or daughter. Prior to making a purchase or paying for medical care, the custodial parent should consult with the noncustodial parent. This is because it is imperative that the child grow up in a financially stable environment.

Creating a plan to pay for expensive purchases helps to retain such stability. The best interests of the child should be a top priority before making any decision that may impact him or her. If the best interests of the child are not preserved, it may be possible for a noncustodial parent to get a custody arrangement altered by a judge.

A child custody arrangement may try to balance the needs of the child with the needs of the parents. However, the best interest of the child will largely determine how an order is crafted. If possible, parents will ideally try to work together to create a custody agreement without the need for a judge to assist. Working with a mediator may make it easier to negotiate an agreement in a civil manner. Any agreement reached may be reviewed by an attorney.

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