Child Custody

Child Custody in California

Getting Custody of your child boils down to “ONE SINGLE THING” In California

“What is in the Best Interests of the Child”
This is what the courts look at
This is what you should be thinking.

So Here’s THE TRUTH!
The court doesn’t care about you when it comes to child custody
The court doesn’t care about why you’re fighting with the other parent
The court doesn’t care about who cheated
The court doesn’t care about who did what
All the court and the judge cares about is what is in the best interest of the child when it comes to child custody

So The Reality:
California law favors joint physical and legal custody
They would also like for both parents agree to it.
If they don’t agree, then the court has the discretion to design a parenting plan that is in a child’s best interests.

Child Custody Types:
There are 4 different types of child custody

  1. Physical
  2. Legal
  3. Joint Legal Custody
  4. Joint Physical Custody

Legal Custody
Is when parents who have legal custody are able to make legal decisions on matters impacting the child.

Physical Custody
When Child/Children live with parents who have physical custody.

Sole Custody
Is when one parent has both physical and legal custody of the child.
The other parent may have visitation rights, but does not have any custodial rights, and cannot make decisions affecting the child.

Joint Legal Custody
In a situation of joint legal custody, both parents have a say in decisions that impact the child. In the event of a major dispute between parents who share joint legal custody, the courts can settle the dispute.

Joint Physical Custody
When parents share joint physical custody, the children split time between living with both parents.