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Establishing, Modifying, and Enforcing Custody & Visitation in California

Just because your family dynamic changed after a divorce or separation does not mean that you cannot see your child anymore. A child custody order and a visitation order, or parenting time as it is called in California, establishes how this dynamic will work.

Child custody and visitation orders can still get complicated though. It is helpful to seek the counsel of an experienced attorney who will know what your rights as a parent are and work to protect them.

How Child Custody/Visitation Orders Are Determined in Ventura

California grants child custody to either one parent or allows each parent to share custody. It is important to note that a judge has the final decision about child custody orders, but he/she will typically approve an arrangement the parents have agreed on. If this is not possible, the judge will determine a child custody issue in court.

Child Custody Orders

The court will grant a child custody order based on the best interest of the child standard.

Additional factors will aid in the child custody decision-making process, including, but not limited to:

  • The child’s age
  • The child’s physical and mental health
  • The relationship between the child and each parent
  • Each parent’s ability to care and provide for the child
  • The child’s accustomed style of living
  • If one parent has a history of substance or domestic abuse

To understand how child custody orders are determined, you should understand the type of custody orders available: physical and legal custody.

Physical custody

Physical custody refers to where the child will reside and who will provide the child with day-to-day care. Physical custody is either granted as joint, meaning shared between the parents, or sole physical custody, which is granted to one parent.

It is very difficult to split joint custody time exactly half the time with each parent, so it is common for one parent to have more time with the child than the other. This parent is called the primary custodial parent.

If one parent is awarded sole physical custody, the other will usually be granted visitation rights.

Legal custody

Legal custody refers to who will make decisions regarding important elements of the child’s life. These decisions could be related to education, healthcare, religious beliefs/influence, and/or extracurricular activities. A parent can be granted joint or sole legal custody.

Parents who have joint legal custody do not necessarily have to agree on every decision related to their child. However, they should communicate their wants and do their best to cooperate.

Visitation Orders

Visitation orders determine when, where, and how the parents will share time with their child. Visitation orders vary and the court utilizes the same child custody factors mentioned above to define what this time-sharing plan will be.

In California, parents can be granted four different types of visitation orders.

Visitation According to Schedule:

  • This details times and dates that the child will spend with each parent.

Reasonable Visitation:

  • These are open-ended orders that can be defined by the parents.

Supervised Visitation:

  • This order requires that visiting time be supervised by the other spouse or a professional.

No Visitation:

  • No visitation means visiting time is not granted to a parent as doing so would go against the best interest of the child.

Contact Our Ventura Child Custody & Visitation Attorneys Today

You want the best for your child. Let us help you with your child custody and visitation orders to ensure you can maintain this standard. Do not hesitate to contact us; here, you are family to us as well.

Reach out online or call us at (805) 222-7818 to learn more about our child custody and visitation services.

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