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The responsibilities of the custodial parent

If El Paso parents do not live together, the custodial parent is usually the parent that a child lives with at least half the time. There may be advantages and disadvantages to being the custodial parent.

One of the biggest advantages is having the bulk of time with the child. Even if the parent who has visitation rights sees the child fairly often, this still usually cannot compare to how much time the custodial parent spends with the child. This means the parent gets a lot of routine time with the child, doing everyday tasks like helping with homework. The parent also has the opportunity to guide the child through the difficulties of growing up. However, one disadvantage is that the custodial parent also tends to be the target of the child's anger and frustration at times. This is normal even though it may be tough for the parent.

If a child lives with a single parent and the other parent has minimal involvement, the single parent still might not have custody. A parent who is uncertain might want to consult an attorney. Usually, the noncustodial parent also pays support to the custodial parent. The custodial parent might need to go to court to get a child support order to start these payments.

In some child custody arrangements, parents may share custody. The child might spend one week with one parent and the following week with the other parent, or the child might spend part of the week with each parent. Parents might worry that joint custody is disruptive for the child, but some studies show that the benefit of spending time with both parents usually outweighs this disruption. However, if a parent is worried about a child's well-being, it may be appropriate to limit even visitation time.

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