Shared Parental Responsibility


F.S. 61.046 (14)
defines shared parental responsibility as a court ordered relationship in which both parents retain full parental rights and responsibilities with respect to their minor child, and in which both parents confer with each other, so that major decisions affecting the welfare of the child will be determined jointly.

The parent in whose care the child is shall have the responsibility of making day-to-day decisions regarding the child's care, maintenance, and welfare. The parties shall consult with one another on questions of religious upbringing, discipline, financial, moral, social, recreational, and legal matters, school and educational programs, changes in social recreational and legal matters, changes in social environment, and non-emergency health care, both medical and dental. Each party shall have an active role in providing a sound moral, socioeconomic, and educational environment in making future plans consistent with the best interest of the child and in amicably resolving any disputes that arise.

The parties shall at all times conduct themselves and their activities in a proper manner which will promote the welfare and the interest of the child.

Each party shall promptly notify the other of any serious illness or accident affecting the child.

Each party shall have access to records, and information pertaining to the minor child, including, but not limited to, medical, dental, and school records.

Both parties shall be entitled to authorize emergency medical treatment for the child.

Each party shall attempt to ensure that the child maintains unhampered contact and free access with both parties. Each shall encourage a feeling of affection between the child and both parties. Neither party shall do anything to hamper the natural development of the child's love and respect for the other party. While the minor child is residing with one parent, that parent shall make all reasonable efforts to facilitate communication between the other parent and the child, both by telephone and through the mail. However, in every event, such telephonic communication shall be reasonable in nature. Neither party shall do anything that would estrange the child from the other party.

Parents that fail to do everything in their power to create in the minds of (the children) a loving, caring feeling toward the other parent are subject to the severest penalties, including contempt, imprisonment, loss of residential custody or any combination thereof.

See Schultz v. Schultz, 581 So. ad 1290 (Flab. 1991).