Child Custody & Child Sharing
Child custody and child sharing (often called visitation) are often the most contentious issues in a divorce. Except in situations of abuse, California courts generally prefer custody arrangements that allow both parents to be actively involved in their children’s lives. California’s Family Code provides for two types of custody: legal and physical. Legal custody involves the parents’ right and responsibility to make decisions for their children regarding education, health care, and anything affecting the children’s welfare. Physical custody involves the childrens’ day-to-day living arrangements. Parents can receive any of the following custodial orders: sole legal custody, sole physical custody, joint legal custody, joint physical custody, or “joint custody”, meaning both joint legal and physical custody.
The firm’s attorneys always attempt to help parents reach an amicable agreement for custody and child sharing. However, when a dispute does arise, the attorneys will guide you through the required mediation process and in family court, should litigation be necessary.
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