A lot depends on the other parent and what your order states regarding what is a day to day decision. In some families it might be, in others no. You should consult the other parent to see if they have an objection.
If you have shared parental responsibility then the other parent should consult with you regarding haircuts, changing schools, ear piercing etc. If it continues consult a family law attorney. Good luck.
B. Elaine Jones, Esq.
Typically, you would not have to get "consent" for a haircut, but then again, it depends. If you're making a major change (i.e. cutting several inches of hair off or going from long hair to short hair), then you should consult with the other parent and mutually reach a decision. If it is a simple trim of some sort, then it shouldn't be an issue. Again, though, what is the harm in asking if the other person has an issue with the haircut? Communication between parents is essential if the parties are going to successfully co-parent.
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It may be helpful for you to create a list of things that you might need to make decisions about, such as the haircut, and send the list in writing to the other parent. Ask the other parents which decisions they think should be discussed and which do not need discussion, and then you will have a roadmap to follow for the future that can help you folks get along for your child's sake.
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