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SACRAMENTO CHILD CUSTODY ATTORNEY

A CALIFORNIA CHILD CUSTODY OVERVIEW

It is typical for a California court to award joint physical custody of a child, which means in simple terms that parents end up sharing custody. The issue then becomes not who gets custody, but instead, how is that custody shared between them? Will you become a parent “every other weekend” ? Is there any reason why your child should have less contact or supervised contacts with your old spouse? It is really easy to get caught up with all these questions and possible custody issues – and its critical that you call a Sacramento family law attorney to can help you protect your loved ones.

KINDS OF CALIFORNIA CHILD CUSTODY

There are two kinds of child custody in California: joint/shared custody and sole custody. In a sole custody order, only one parent is permitted certain rights to their child, while the other parent might get restricted visiting rights or be prohibited from major decisions that could affect the child. In shared/joint custody, legal and physical custody gets divided by both parents.

Sole custody consists of three major categories:

  • Sole legal custody
  • Sole physical custody
  • Exclusive custody

Shared/joint custody is consists as these four:

  • Split custody
  • Joint legal custody
  • Pure joint custody
  • Joint physical custody

WHO GETS CUSTODY?

Child custody might not be decided by any single elements of a divorce. When a judge decides on a custody arrangement, they will assess the family’s situation and apply “best interest of the child” tests to decide whether custody orders benefit the children’s health, safety, and future. Sharing as much information as you can and remaining open-minded in regards to cooperating with the other parent may help get  positive custody arrangements that work for you and your family’s best interests.

FACTORS TO DETERMINE CUSTODY

The highest priority of family courts revolves around a child’s well-being, and judges always consider what is in the best interest of the child to determine custody.

Some factors family courts will consider include:

  • Age, health, and gender of the child
  • The child’s bond with and relationship to their parents
  • How will seperation affect sibling relationships
  • Maintaining the stability of the child’s environment
  • The feelings of a proper aged child to make their own choice
  • The ability of the child to maintain relationships with each parent
  • Abuse history from either parent
  • Violent crime history from either parent
  • Continuous or habitual alcohol abuse or drug use from either of the parents

During your child custody proceedings, a California family law court will examine your children’s current situations and the past behavior of both you and your old spouse in order to make a determination that they think is the best for your children. You need to hire a Sacramento divorce attorney from Dietrich Family law to protect your best interest and your rights, as well as your children.