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Is It YOUR Responsibility to Keep the Uninvolved Parent Informed??

What if you are co-parenting with a parent who essentially is not involved in their children's lives at all.

They don't go to parent-teacher conferences, don't help your children with homework, don't go to school events, don't take the kid or kids to practices and they don't show up to games. They're not involved in the medical decisions.

Do you think that it's your responsibility to keep the other parents informed especially if you share joint decision-making or joint custody? Or do you think it's the other parent's role or responsibility to get themselves informed?

Is it a Good Idea to Enroll Your Child in Therapy If You Share Joint Custody & The Other Parent Does Not Agree To It

My answer is if you share joint custody this is not a good idea at all to go against the other parent's wishes. You need to have the consent of the other parent or a court order to do that. In some cases I have had parents make major decisions for their children that the other parent was not in agreement with and it actually caused them to lost custody of their children.

When it comes to decision making or custody it usually pertains to major decisions for the life of the children. For example mental health treatment, medical treatment, education, in some cases religion. In Arizona we have personal care decisions. Which amounts to for example can the child get their hair colored blue or a mohawk or get all kinds of piercings.

If you share joint custody with another parent then you have to discuss those categories of major decisions with that parent before making one of those major decisions. Certainly enrolling your child into some sort of mental health counseling would be a major...