To eliminate the battle between parents over who was labeled “primary” versus “secondary” and to ensure the responsibility of raising a child was not more weighted on one side over the other, the courts traded the terms child custody, shared custody, and sole custody for parental responsibility.
Parental responsibility defines which parent makes the decision about important issues like doctor or dental visits, school choice, religion, extracurricular activities, and medications or other medical decisions. In the majority of cases, parental responsibility is shared between mom and dad. For day-to-day care and decision making, each party holds the responsibility to care for the child while the child is with them.
Typically, the parents are left to discuss amongst themselves how to raise their children together, but from two different homes. This means that the parents will have to share the child’s schedule of doctor appointments, medications to take, or what is happening at school. Also, it allows each parent to make decisions regarding their children while the children are with them and reduces the court’s presence in the home.