It is the public policy of Florida to ensure that each minor child has frequent and continuing contact with both parents after the parents have separated or the marriage is dissolved, as well as to encourage parents to share the rights and responsibilities, and joys of child-rearing. In most cases, parental responsibility for a minor child will be shared by both parents so that each parents retains full parental rights and responsibilities with respect to their child. Shared parental responsibility requires both parents to confer so that major decisions affecting the welfare of the child will be determined jointly. You and the other parent may agree (or the court may order) that one parent have the ultimate responsibility over specific aspects of the child’s welfare, such as education, religion, or health related decisions. The court will determine these matters if the parties cannot reach an agreement.