St. Petersburg Child Custody (Legal Shared Parental Responsibility Options)by St. Petersburg/Florida Family Law Attorney on 06/05/16
Legal shared parental responsibility addresses the issues of decision making, communication difficulties, and one parent usurping control. There is a legal presumption of equality, each parent retaining his or her rights and responsibilities to the child. The legal issue is whether or not there should be:
- Full shared parental responsibility with both parents conferring and cooperating prior to making an decision and making all decisions jointly.
- Ultimate responsibility where both parents are still required to attempt to confer and cooperate but one parent has "final word" to make the decision if the parents cannot agree (instead of running to court each time for the court to make the decision).
- Sole parental responsibility, with one parent entitled to make all decisions without having to confer and cooperate with the other parent, with or without the responsibility or duty to keep the other parent informed and involved.