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Child Custody and Visitation

Our attorneys are licensed to practice law in the State of California. The answers given on this webpage only relate to the law of the State of California. For any other states, please contact lawyers in specific jurisdictions.

Legal Custody:

In California, legal custody can be either joint or sole.

Joint Legal Custody means that both parents shall share the right and the responsibility to make the decisions relating to the health, education, and welfare of a child. In making an order for custody with respect to both parents, the court may grant joint legal custody without granting joint physical custody.

Sole Legal Custody means one parent shall have the right and the responsibility to make the decisions relating to the health, education, and welfare of a child.

Physical Custody:

Joint Physical Custody means that each of the parents shall have significant periods of physical custody. Joint physical custody shall be shared in such a way so that the child has frequent and continuing contact with both parents. In making an order for joint physical custody, the court may specify one parent as the primary caretaker of the child and one home as the primary home of the child.

Sole Physical Custody means a child shall reside with and be under the supervision of one parent, subject to the power of the court to order visitation.

Joint Custody means joint legal custody and joint physical custody (California Family Code Section 3002).

Please contact one of our Orange County child custody lawyers if you need any legal advice in relation to custody and visitation.

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