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Physical vs. Legal Custody in California
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When determining a
custody order, there are two types of custody that will need to be considered:
physical and legal custody. Within these types of custody, the responsibilities
and duties can either be shared between the parents or they can be granted
solely to one parent. If you are going through a divorce or in the midst
of a custody battle, it is beneficial to have a qualified family law attorney
in Newport Beach by your side. Seek representation from The Law Offices
of Marc E. Mitzner.
This type of custody involves the location where the child will reside
once the parents' divorce or separate. The parent granted physical
custody of a child has the right to have the child with them physically
living in their home. The term for this parent is the custodial parent,
while the other would be the non-custodial parent. More often than not,
parents receive some sort of joint physical custody arrangement. Parents
can equally divide the physical time spent with the child.
This type of custody grants the parent the right to make the major decisions
in the child's life. For example, the parent granted legal custody
can decide where the child will go to school, the religious interactions
with the child and the medical care of the child. These decisions can
be granted to one parent through sole legal custody, or granted to both
through joint legal custody. Joint legal custody is more common unless
one parent is deemed unfit or it is in the best interest of the child
to have one parent with sole custody.
If you have questions regarding custody in California, do not hesitate to
contact Attorney Mitzner for help. The firm offers a
free initial consultation so you have nothing to lose by calling and discussing your specific situation.