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Child Custody FAQ

 

Can I get joint custody of my children?

California has a "joint custody" law that encourages judges to award joint "legal custody" to parents. This means that both parents have a right to make decisions concerning their children such as: education, medical treatment, and religious training.

The court also has the power to award "physical custody" to one or both parents. Physical custody determines where the child actually lives, and it is most common for the children to spend most of their time with one parent.

The parent who does not have primary physical custody is usually granted visitation rights.

It is most common for the non-custodial parent to have specified periods of time consisting of alternating weekends, one evening per night and one-half of the children's school vacations.

In some cases, the parents agree to "reasonable"  visitation, which means that the parents agree on the times when the non-custodial parent will have the children.