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What are the Responsibilities of Being a Custodial Parent in San Diego

On Behalf of | Oct 2, 2021 | Child Custody and Visitation

What are the responsibilities of being a custodial parent in San Diego during and after a divorce?  If a California resident is a custodial parent it means that he or she is the primary caretaker for a son or daughter. However, the other parent generally has visitation or parenting time rights, and the custodial parent should strive to maintain a constructive working relationship with that person.

The Court is always observing the actions and behaviors of all parties who are entrusted with child custody and/or parenting time in San Diego and throughout California.  The Court’s central focus is “the best interests of the child.”  Therefore, if you are a Whenever a custodial parent in San Diego you should carefully weigh each decision to ensure it genuinely reflects the best interest of the child.

While a custodial parent in San Diego is a child’s primary caretaker, he or she typically cannot leave the state without informing the other parent and the Court in advance of travel.  In most cases, this is true whether the child is leaving permanently or is just going on vacation for a few days.

Children typically do better in stable homes and when they have reliable routines. Therefore, parents are expected to do what is best to maintain stability in a child’s life even when it may be inconvenient for the adults.

Custodial parents are also responsible for keeping track of child support payments that have been made. This can be done on paper or through an app.

When the Judge in your case grants legal or physical custody to an individual, the order is not necessarily permanent.  The behaviors and actions of the parties, as well as substantial developments in the lives of the child’s parents can and often do warrant a change.

If you have questions about the responsibilities of being a custodial parent in San Diego or wish to seek post-decree modifications to an existing child custody and parenting time order we invite you to protect your own interests and contact us or call 760-389-3927 to schedule an appointment for a remote or socially distanced consultation with one of our experienced Certified Family Law Specialists.