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The parent that has primary care, custody, and control of the child(ren).
Judicial Council of California. “Self-Help Glossary” (2016)
The parent with custody of a child. See Child Custody.
Michigan Judicial Institute. “Handbook of Legal Terms” (2015)
The person who has primary care, custody, and control of the child. Can also be custodial party – a relative or other person with legal custody of the child.
Office of Child Support Enforcement. “Glossary of Common Child Support Terms”.