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What rights does the custodial parent have regarding upbringing?

On Behalf of | Nov 14, 2022 | Family Law

Indiana child custody disputes can be emotionally challenging with both parents concerned about the child’s future. Once the custody determination has been made, it is not necessarily the end of parental discord. There are often instances where one parent has certain desires and objectives in mind regarding the child’s schooling, religious instruction and with other issues while the other parent has a different perspective. In these situations, it is important to know how the law addresses the case.

The parent who has custody can decide on key issues in the child’s life

When one parent has been granted custody, they can make the key determinations for the child’s life. That includes their upbringing and how it is handled. For example, if the parent places great value on religion, they might want them to go to a religious-based school and attend specific services. Based on the law, they can do that. The same is true for the type of medical care they receive.

However, the noncustodial parent does have some say if they claim the custodial parent’s decisions could have a negative impact on the child. This would center on the child’s physical health and if they would be placed in danger, or their emotional development could be hindered. Some educational systems could be worrisome to the noncustodial parent. The health care the parent gets for the child might not be deemed sufficient by the noncustodial parent. These and other aspects could be brought before the court.

For complex child custody cases, consulting with professionals is essential

In some child custody cases, the parents can agree on the child’s upbringing and have that specified in their case. In others, a difference of opinion can cause problems, often with the child in the middle.

As the divorce proceeds, while the case is in progress or after it has been completed, both sides must remember their legal rights and how best to serve the child’s interests. Before getting angry and having a back and forth with the other parent, it is important to have legal guidance to try and forge a workable solution.


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