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Allocation of Parental Responsibilities (Custody)
The allocation of parental responsibilities, often referred to as "child custody", legally determines which caretaker(s) is responsible for the caretaking functions of a child(s). A custody arrangement becomes legally binding through a parenting plan that is approved and ordered by a judge in court. Oftentimes, only one caretaker is given primary
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
The custodial parent is the legal parent of a child that is primarily responsible for the caretaking functions for a child. In other words, a custodial parent is the child's main caregiver. If the child has another other legal parent in addition to their custodial parent, that other parent would be the child's non-custodial parent. A person can bec
Joint-custody means that both parents are equally responsible taking care of their child. This means that both parents would be considered the child's custodial parent. If both parents of a child are married to or in a civil union with each other, the two parents would have joint-custody of the child(s).
A parenting plan (custody order) can be modified to change which caretaker has custody of a child(s), but only within TWO (2) YEARS of its originally being ordered. Additionally, a modification will only be approved if you can show to a judge in court that doing so would be in the best interest of the child(s).Modifying a parenting plan may result
The non-custodial parent is the legal parent of a child, but is NOT their primary caregiver. Instead, the custodial parent is the child's main caregiver and has primary custody. Unless it has been ordered otherwise by a parenting plan, the child's biological mother will typically be their custodial parent.If two parents have joint-custody, both par
A parenting plan is a legally-binding document that orders the allocation of parental responsibilities (custody arrangement), parenting time (visitation rights), or both.The content of a parenting plan may include, but is not limited to the following information:which parent(s) has primary custody of the child(s)how much parenting time (visitation
Relocation is defined as moving over 25 miles from one's current place of residence to a new place of residence.If you have been allocated parental responsibilities (child custody) or parenting time (visitation rights), you MUST provide the child's other parent with a notice of motion at least 60 days prior to the intended date of relocation.The mo
Tax exemptions for minor children, otherwise known as dependency exemptions, is a certain amount of income related to the cost of caring for and raising a minor chid(s) that is deducted from one's annual tax payments.If you are the legal parent, or have been allocated parental responsibilities (custody) of a minor child(s) you may be able to claim
Temporary custody is a temporary allocation of parental responsibilities (custody) to you, your spouse or partner, or both. This temporary allocation can only be made while the two of you are legally separated, and/or are currently in the process of divorcing or dissolving your civil union.If temporary custody is ordered, one parent will become the
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