In California, child custody is a term that refers to two distinct parental responsibilities: legal custody and physical custody. A parent with legal custody has the right to make decisions that directly affect the life of the child. In contrast, physical custody refers to the location and parent with whom the child physically lives. If you are a parent currently going through a divorce, you will need to reach an agreement with your spouse on the terms of legal custody. When disputes cannot be resolved outside of the courtroom, litigation may be the only option.
At the Gill Law Group, PC, we provide compassionate, effective guidance to families through all parts of the divorce and child custody processes. Our Orange County divorce attorneys can work with you closely to craft a legal strategy designed to meet your goals while protecting your child’s best interests.
Legal custody can allow a parent to make decisions on behalf of the child including:
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Child custody can be further divided into sole legal custody and joint legal custody. In California, there is a strong preference towards awarding joint custody, meaning that both parents will share the responsibility of making choices about a child’s welfare and future. On the other hand, when a parent is awarded sole custody, they are able to make decisions regarding a child on their own and without needing to consult with their ex-spouse. A court will typically only consider sole legal custody when it can be demonstrated that a spouse is unfit for parental responsibilities or presents a direct threat to the wellbeing of the child. For example, sole custody may be awarded if a parent has a history of substance abuse or domestic violence.
Child custody cases can be immensely complex and if you are currently involved in a dispute over what is in the best interest of your child, waste no time in contacting the Gill Law Group, PC. Whether you are seeking joint or sole custody, our attorneys can provide the straightforward advocacy you need to simplify the legal process. We believe that client education is a critical component to the success of any legal matter and we can help you to understand the nature of your case.
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