Woodland Hills Child Custody Lawyer
About Child Custody in Southern California
Child custody is a legal term that is used to describe the custodial and non-custodial relationship a parent has with his or her child. When a parent has custody over his or her child, he or she will be responsible for making important decisions relating to his or her child’s health, day-to-day life, and overall well-being. The type of custody awarded by the family court can have significant impact upon a parent's access to and relationship with their children.
If you are in the midst of custody proceedings, it is important to understand the various types of custody and the rights and responsibilities included in these orders. There are four main types of child custody awarded by the family court, which include:
- Legal Custody: The parent who is awarded legal custody has the responsibility and right to make all major decisions for the child's life. This means the parent with legal custody decides upon the child's education, religion, health and dental care, extracurricular activities, and various other areas of the child's life.
- Physical Custody: The parent given physical custody has the right to have the child reside with them, usually fulltime. The other parent may be awarded visitation rights, but the child will live with the custodial parent. If the court decides joint physical custody is best for the situation, the child's time will be split between both parents' homes.
- Sole Custody: If the court awards sole custody, one parent will be given the right to both legal and physical custody of the child. The noncustodial parent my be awarded visitation if the court deems it appropriate and beneficial to the child.
- Joint Custody: In most cases, the court seeks to have the parents share custody of the child. The judge may rule that the parents should share both legal and physical custody, or the court may order the parents to share legal custody while only awarding physical custody to one parent, or vice versa.
How is child custody determined in California?
In the state of California, the courts will make a decision regarding the custody arrangements between parents. Usually, child custody becomes an issue when spouses are planning to divorce, but unmarried couples may have child custody issues, too. Before a judge will award custody to one parent or both, the judge will carefully consider a variety of factors which may include, but are not limited to: the child’s current day-to-day routine, the child’s preference (if old enough), the child’s physical and mental health, the parents’ income, the parents’ employment situations, the parents’ physical and mental health, the parents’ age, and any instances of reported abuse or neglect.
It is up to the court to make a long-term decision that will benefit the child for years to come. Therefore, parents who are going through a child custody matter will always benefit from retaining the services of a skilled Woodland Hills family attorney who is familiar with all aspects and laws surrounding child custody in California. Our firm has represented countless parents in their custody proceedings, and we can ensure your rights are protected as we advocate for your relationship with your children.
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An experienced family law attorney can help you in numerous ways. First, an attorney from our firm in San Fernando Valley can review your case and evaluate your individual circumstances. Second, we can inform you of state laws and how these laws could impact the outcome of your case. Finally, a knowledgeable member of our team can help you move forward with the legal process while remaining focused on obtaining the best possible outcome, all the while protecting your rights and helping you fight for your relationship with your children. Do not wait another moment; contact our firm as soon as possible for powerful advocacy in your custody proceedings.