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Do I need his consent to seek regular medical care for our child?

Parenting is a huge responsibility. Parents must provide many things for their children. They need to make sure the child has good, nutritious food, a place to sleep each night and schools that can teach them what they need to know to get a job after they graduate. Children also need access to regular medical care. Regular medical care can help make sure the child is meeting all physical and mental milestones. This kind of care can also discover if a child has an underlying medical condition that must be treated. Parents who are in the process of separation and divorce divorce may have specific concerns about their child’s medical care as the process plays out. They may wonder what they need to do in regards to medical care.

Custody Arrangements

A separation and ultimate divorce that involves children is different than one that does not. Partners who have kids may need to remain in touch even if they do not wish to be. Caring for children, in most cases, is a joint effort between the two. Many details need to be worked out during the divorce process when it comes to caring for their children. Unless one parent cannot provide anything at all for the child such as when that parent is incarcerated, each parent will be asked to jointly contribute to the child’s well being. One parent may be given primary custody when another has secondary custody. Sometimes a parent is given sole custody of the children. In nearly all instances, custody arrangements are decided by a combination of factors. This includes the income of each parent, prior involvement in the child’s life and any history of abuse or a criminal record. Each parent should decide what kind of custody they want. Many mothers want to have sole custody or joint custody of their children as they are the parent who has done the primary work of raising and caring for the kids.

Sole Custody

Sole custody is when one parent is solely responsible for the children. Another parent may contribute financially to the children’s well being. They may also see the children under certain circumstances. However, they are not responsible for the children’s needs. In that case, the parent with sole custody may choose to inform the other parent about any medical decisions they make in regards to the child’s care. However, they are not legally obligated to do so. If a parent is seeking sole custody during divorce proceedings but has been given this form of custody yet, then the parent will need to let their partner know about any medical decisions they make. They should tell the partner in writing that they have taken the child to the doctor for a routine checkup. This can help them make a case for sole custody as they are taking responsibility for the child’s overall health.

Joint Custody

Another form of custody is joint custody. Joint custody arrangements mean that both parties assume responsibility for their children. Each partner must take responsibility for providing care for the child such as access to a place to sleep each night, a local school district and clean clothing. Each parent must also provide their children with access to medical care. Joint custody arrangements mean that each partner needs to let the other partner know about any medical care the children receive. If this custody arrangement has not been finalized, it’s a good idea to let the other partner know the children have seen a doctor. Each parent should know exactly when the children were seen and what the doctor had to say.

Primary Custody

Primary custody is when one parent assumes primary responsibility for their children. The other partner may still participate in the child’s care by providing child support. However, the parent primary custodial parent is the one who takes charge of the children’s care. If this form of custody has not been finalized yet during the separation or divorce, the parent who wants this kind of custody should do all they can to indicate that they can bear the responsibility necessary to properly raise the children. At the same time, the parent should also indicate they can communicate well with the other parent. This is why it is a good idea to let the other parent know when they brought the kids to the doctor. It helps establish that this parent understands their responsibilities and rights even before custody arrangements have been worked out.

A Lawyer is a Must

Any parent who has children and is seeking a separation and divorce should consult with a lawyer. A lawyer can help them. The lawyer can tell them what they need to do be able to present the best argument for the kind of child custody they want. They can help them create a paper trial that will show they are capable of caring for their children best. The lawyer can provide much needed advice during every step of the separation and divorce process. Parents who have accurate advice at every turn are parents who are much more likely to get the kind of custody arrangements they would like best. A parent can turn to the lawyer and ask them detailed questions about what is the best course of action as the divorce process continues. This can lead to the results they want once the separation and divorce are fully completed