Dictionary of Legal Terms

Residential Parent

The parent with primary responsibility for a child after the court terminates a marriage. The other parent is called the non-residential parent. These terms are not used if the court orders shared parenting. See dissolution of marriage, divorce, domestic relations division, shared parenting.




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