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3 kinds of decisions that can cause conflict when sharing custody

On Behalf of | Jan 23, 2024 | Child Custody |

People from very different backgrounds can fall in love and start families together. They may then have unique challenges to overcome when raising children together. If the relationship eventually ends, parents have to divide their parental rights and responsibilities.

Parents generally needs to find a way to split both parenting time and parental responsibility or decision-making authority when they divorce. Those with young children may need to think carefully about decision-making matters as they negotiate with their spouses or prepare for family court. Obviously, time-sharing arrangement can be a source of conflict for parents in Florida. Decision-making matters can also lead to conflict. The need to make the following kinds of decisions, for example, might lead to disagreements between those who are co-parenting in Florida.

Religious observances

Parents often need to strike a delicate balance between two different faiths within their family. Even those who belong to very different religions can sometimes cooperate while still maintaining a relationship. After a divorce, it may be harder for people to find motivation to compromise on religious observances and practices. Both parents typically have a right to teach the children about the religion they practice and their cultural beliefs. Most of the time, parents have to find a way to reach an agreement regarding the religious instruction and observances of their children.

Educational matters

Some parents feel very strongly about keeping their children out of public schools, well others may simply want their children in the most competitive school districts possible. A child’s long-term aspirations, including whether they want to play sports or go on to college, May influence what schools the parents want them to attend and what grades they expect them to maintain. Parents may often find themselves at odds with one another regarding the educational needs of their children.

Healthcare concerns

Parents generally need to make decisions about the medical care of their children, as children don’t understand the importance of immunizations or the long-term risks involved with leaving injuries untreated. Parents generally need to pursue medical choices that would be in the best interests of their children. It is common for each adult to have authority over decisions made for emergency treatment during their parenting time. However, they may need to reach an agreement with one another about longer-term health matters, such as whether the child requires counseling.

There’s often an assumption that parents should cooperate and share decision-making authority. If they cannot reach an agreement on matters pertaining to major decisions for their children, then they may need to return to family court to clarify who can make certain decisions. Ultimately, setting clear terms for the division of parental responsibility and decision-making authority when negotiating custody terms can reduce the risk of conflict when big decisions arise in the future.