Caretaking Functions

Caretaking functions refer to activities involving direct contact with a child, particularly those that relate to supervising and caring for a child.

Caretaking functions include, but are not limited to the following activities:

  • feeding and maintaining the child's health

  • overseeing the development of critical skills, including language and motor skills

  • disciplining the child

  • ensuring the child receives an education; or

  • scheduling and bringing the child to medical appointments

A child's custodial parent is primarily legally responsible for these caretaking functions. Alternatively, two parents with joint-custody of a child would be equally responsible for caretaking functions.