Legal And Physical Child Custody
When a change as significant as a divorce impacts your child's life, you want to make certain that his or her best interests are kept in the foreground of the situation. When you work with the skilled lawyers at The Law Offices of Burch, Coulston & Shepard, LLP, they will stand by your side and provide direct advice about the difficult issues you and your child will face.
Our firm is located in Newport Beach and we represent clients in Orange County and throughout California. We are led by a highly experienced team of attorneys, three of whom are Certified Family Law Specialists. We take a direct approach to resolving issues and represent our clients with vigorous advocacy at all times.
Differences Between Legal And Physical Custody In California
In California, there are two types of custody — legal custody and physical custody. While the courts will look at many different factors when determining custody, the most important one is looking out for what is in the best interests of the child.
The varying types of custody in California include:
- Joint legal custody: Both parents share the rights and responsibilities of making important decisions about health, education and more.
- Sole legal custody: One parent is given the rights and responsibilities of making important decisions about health, education and more.
- Joint physical custody: Both parents share significant periods of time with the child, with a relationship that promotes continuous and frequent communication while fostering a growing relationship with parents.
- Sole physical custody: The child lives with one parent and the other parent may see the child, subject to the determination of visitation.
Today, the courts will look to appoint joint custody if it is in the best interests of the child. This means that both parents have joint physical and legal custody of the child(ren). Joint custody, along with a skillfully crafted parenting plan, is often the best way for the child to have a strong relationship with both parents after a divorce.
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To schedule an initial consultation, call our Newport Beach family lawyers at (949) 565-4158. We are happy to schedule consultations at a time that is convenient for you.
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