Child Custody & Visitation

TYPES OF CHILD CUSTODY IN CALIFORNIA

What is Legal and Physical custody?

IIn California, there are two types of custody that are usually granted to parents - legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody refers to the legal responsibility a parent retains in making the important medical and legal decisions for the child. Physical custody describes which parent the child lives with. The parents may be granted joint (shared) or sole custody. If there is a substantial change in your work schedule or living arrangements, you may also be able to modify your custody order.

Common types of visitation include:

  • Scheduled visitation- Specifically outlined
  • Reasonable Visitation- Left open for the parents to decide
  • Supervised Visitation- Visitation with a third party supervisor to oversee things

What is Legal and Physical custody?

Supervised visitation is granted when the child's safety is at risk by being left alone with one parent and the visitation needs to be supervised by another responsible adult or professional agency. If you are unhappy with your court-ordered visitation or you wish to seek more visitation rights with your child, you have the right to ask the Court to modify your custody order. After you have consulted with an Attorney, you can contact our office and we will gladly help you with your paperwork at a fraction the cost of a lawyer. I have been assisting clients with their custody and visitation documents for over 12 years.

Why should I share my children with the other parent?

Numerous studies have shown that children who get to spend time with both parents are happier and well-rounded; that is why it is so crucial that if you are not the custodial parent, you consult with an Attorney to find out your visitation rights. Ideally, your child should be spending equal time with both parents; unless you believe the children’s safety will be at risk when in the care of the other parent.

What is Supervised Visitation?

Supervised visitation is granted when the child's safety is at risk by being left alone with one parent and the visitation needs to be supervised by another responsible adult or professional agency. If you are unhappy with your court-ordered visitation or you wish to seek more visitation rights with your child, you have the right to ask the Court to modify your custody order. After you have consulted with an Attorney, you can contact our office and we will gladly help you with your paperwork at a fraction the cost of a lawyer. I have been assisting clients with their custody and visitation documents for over 12 years. .

Why should I share my children with the other parent?

Numerous studies have shown that children who get to spend time with both parents are happier and well-rounded; that is why it is so crucial that if you are not the custodial parent, you consult with an Attorney to find out your visitation rights. Ideally, your child should be spending equal time with both parents; unless you believe the children’s safety will be at risk when in the care of the other parent. .

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