How is Decision-making Allocated?
Decision-making can take many shapes and forms. If the parents are generally able to get along and have fruitful communication, the court may order shared decision-making responsibilities. In this situation, both parents will have a say when it comes to important decisions about their child(ren). On the other hand, if the parties don’t get along so well (especially if there has been a history of abuse or domestic violence), the court may award sole decision-making responsibilities to one parent. A parent with sole decision-making authority calls the shots for major decisions. Although these two scenarios are common, there may be many other nuanced options for how the court fashions decision-making.
What Influences the Court’s Determination?
Communication is fundamental if parents are going to share decision making. Beyond that, however, the most crucial factor to be considered by the court is what will be in the best interest of the child(ren). The court will want to ensure that any determinations will be the best (or as close to it as possible) outcome for safeguarding the children, their upbringing, and emotional/mental development. Therefore, if you’re arguing with your spouse over decision-making, you need to be able to state your objectives in a way that demonstrates that your position will best promote the interests of your child(ren)