Salinas Child Custody Attorney
How to Get Full Custody of Your Child in CA
In California, both biological parents have visitation rights to their
After a divorce or separation, a parent may seek sole or joint custody from the courts based on a number
of circumstances. It is the judge’s job to decide what is in the
best interest of the child in question.
child custody lawyers can assist you with your child custody case. Call
(888) 315-0588 today for a
Why Should I Hire an Attorney?
Because family situations can change, it is important to have a legal plan
in action for the visitation of your children. While parents should agree
on custody, complexities can arise from changing family dynamics. Having
a plan that has been approved by a judge will help in future situations
where custody issues may arise.
experienced family lawyer from Lavorato & Scott can assist you through the legal process of your child custody case, helping
your family mediate both contested and uncontested legal proceedings.
California courts will evaluate custody cases based on the following criteria:
- Health and welfare of the children
- Benefits of contact with parents
- Children’s preference
- Stability of the home
Types of Child Custody in California
Child custody matters in California can be complex and emotionally charged,
but it's essential to understand the different types of child custody
arrangements to make informed decisions for your family. In California,
there are two primary types of child custody: legal custody and physical
custody, each with subtypes.
Legal custody refers to the authority to make important decisions about
a child's upbringing, including education, healthcare, and religious
upbringing. California recognizes two main forms of legal custody:
- Sole Legal Custody: In this arrangement, one parent is granted the exclusive
right to make significant decisions for the child. The other parent may
still have visitation rights but lacks the authority to make key choices
regarding the child's well-being.
- Joint Legal Custody: This is the most common form of legal custody in California.
Both parents share the responsibility and authority to make important
decisions for the child. Even if the child primarily lives with one parent,
both parents have equal input in decision-making.
Physical custody pertains to where the child lives and spends their time.
California recognizes different physical custody arrangements:
- Sole Physical Custody: In this scenario, the child lives primarily with
one parent, and the other parent may have visitation rights. The child's
primary residence is with the custodial parent, and the noncustodial parent
typically has specific visitation schedules.
- Joint Physical Custody: Under this arrangement, the child spends significant
time living with both parents. Joint physical custody aims to provide
the child with equal or substantial time with each parent. However, it
doesn't necessarily mean a 50-50 split; the schedule can be flexible
to accommodate the child's needs.
You Have Options
A judge may decide on legal or physical custody for one or both parents.
Legal custody refers to a parent’s authority in major decisions
about a child’s life, while physical custody refers to which parent
a child will live with. The California family court favors joint custody
when both parents agree, but negotiations can occur both inside and out of court.
If you are going through a child custody matter in California,
contact a lawyer at Lavorato & Scott for assistance. Our combined years of experience can help achieve your
desired custody situation.