In most cases, the parents will share custody. The courts prefer to split the child’s time as evenly as possible between parents, unless there are good reasons not to. The reasons that may prevent equal custody include a history of domestic violence or child abuse, as well as a work schedule that prevents one of the parents from spending more time with the child.
There are two types of custody that California courts consider: physical custody, which is the amount of time the child spends with each parent, and legal custody, which is the right to make decisions in matters concerning the child’s education, medical care, and more.
When one parent receives less than half of the child’s time, the judge may order visitation rights. There are four types of visitation that could be granted. The first is a scheduled visitation, and it involves the court developing a schedule that outlines when the child will spend time with the non-custodial parent. With the second type, reasonable visitation, the parents have more freedom to decide on the dates and times themselves. The third type is supervised visitation, which is reserved for parents or guardians who might need to be monitored by another adult during the child’s visit. Finally, no visitation is ordered when the court feels that one parent might be harmful to the child and it is within the child’s best interest for that parent to not have visitation rights.
If you’re facing a child custody issue, the Carlos Navarrete Law Firm is here to help you protect your parental rights. We can guide you through family law matters to work toward a favorable custody and visitation agreement. Our Hanford, CA, child custody lawyers are never afraid to fight for your rights and your child’s best interest.
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