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The ins and outs of being the custodial parent

When parents of young children no longer live together, the custodial parent is generally the one the child lives with most of the time. One exception to this might be a single parent who is raising the child with little or no involvement from the other parent. Parents in this situation should not assume they automatically have custody because the child lives with them and the other parent is largely absent. They might want to talk to an attorney about filing for custody.

In other cases, even if the visitation agreement gives one parent a considerable amount of time with the child, the custodial parent is still there more often for everyday tasks ranging from encouraging the child's hobbies to offering emotional support. This also means that when the child is angry or frustrated, the custodial parent may bear the brunt of those emotions. This can be difficult for a parent to deal with, but it is important to realize it is also normal for a child to act out in this way.

The noncustodial parent may be required to pay child support to the custodial parent. A custodial parent who is not receiving child support might want to file for it. State guidelines designate the amount of child support a parent will pay based on income and other factors.

There may be modifications to child support in some circumstances, such as a change in a parent's income. Parents might also decide to share custody, and if this is the case, neither may pay child support. The child will spend roughly equal time with each parent although this may vary in individual circumstances. A parenting plan can help parents standardize rules between households. During divorce negotiations, parents can also make a plan for how they will handle vacations and holidays to avoid conflict about them later.

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