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Child Custody

Child Custody is an issue that affects everybody involved - mom, dad, children, as well as other family members. Nothing is as precious to a parent as their own child. Regardless of any bad situations, or choices you may have made in the past, you still have rights.

Types of Custody

  • Joint custody: parents share physical and legal custody.


  • Sole physical custody: the child lives with and is under the supervision of one parent. The other parent may often have visitation. This is also commonly known as Full Custody.


  • Joint physical custody: each parent has significant periods of physical custody.


  • Sole legal custody: one parent has the right and the responsibility to make the decisions relating
    to the health, education and welfare of a child.


  • Joint legal custody: both parents share the rights and responsibilities to make decisions concerning the health, education and welfare of the child

Reference: CA FAMILY CODE (SECTION 3000-3007)

More on Child Custody
Child Custody
and Guardianship are the legal terms used to describe the legal and practical relationship between a parent and child, including e.g. the right of the parent to make decisions for the child and the duty to care for the child. As previously stated - child custody is determined by assuring that what is being proposed/decided is in the best interest of the child.

Reference: CA FAMILY CODE (SECTION 3020-3032)

Legal Custody
"Legal Custody"
gives a parent the right to make long-term decisions about the raising of a child, and key aspects of the child's welfare -- including the child's education, medical care, dental care, and religious instruction. In many child custody cases, legal custody is awarded to both parents (called "joint legal custody"), unless it is shown that one parent is somehow unfit, or is incapable of making decisions about the child's upbringing. Legal custody is different from "physical custody," which involves issues such as where the child will live.

Joint Custody
In Child Custody situations, "joint custody" usually refers to one of two possible scenarios: joint legal and physical custody, or joint legal custody.

In true "Joint Custody" arrangements, parents share equal "legal custody" and "physical custody" rights. This means that parents participate equally in making decisions about the child's upbringing and welfare, and split time evenly in having day-to-day care and responsibility for the child -- including the parent's right to have the child live with them. True joint custody arrangements are rare, because of their potential to cause both personal difficulties (stress, disruption of child's routine) and practical problems (scheduling, costs of maintaining two permanent living spaces for the child).

Much more common than true joint custody arrangements (where both physical and legal custody are shared) is "joint legal custody," in which both parents share the right to make long-term decisions about the raising of a child and key aspects of the child's welfare, with physical custody awarded to one parent.

Reference: CA FAMILY CODE (SECTION 3080-3089)

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Once again, ATC is not a law firm and cannot provide legal advice. ATC helps you by drafting your court documents based on information you select and information you provide us.

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