What does Shared Parenting and Shared Responsibility mean?


Did you know that Shared Parenting & Shared Responsibility are two different things?

Shared parenting

is based on the principle that although parents have separated, the children should still continue to have a meaningful relationship with both parents (in most cases). This is considered to be in the child's best interest, which Family Law states is  the most important consideration when dealing with children. What is important to note is that 'shared parenting' is not measured by the amount of time spent with each parent.

Shared responsibility means

that parents must consult with each other and share responsibility for decisions about major long term issues in regard to the children. Issues such as - 

  • The child's education
  • Religious and cultural upbringing
  • Health
  • Changes to the child's living arrangements that make it significantly more difficult for the child to spend time with a parent.