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Types of Child Custody

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Types of Child Custody in California

Helping Parents Navigate Custody Matters

During a divorce case, the number one thing most parents are concerned about is child custody - and with good reason. Even though you are separating from your spouse, this should not mean you also have to separate from your child. California's child custody laws can be complex that parents often feel overwhelmed when trying to navigate common issues such as where the child will live, how to divide time during the holidays, cultural upbringings, and many other issues that affect a child. Fortunately, our firm can walk through this legal process with you.

Arnold Law Group, APC was founded on a commitment to uphold the best interests of those we serve. We are prepared to handle every detail of your case so you can focus your attention where it is most needed. With over 30 years of experience, our Fresno child custody lawyers are skilled at providing effective solutions that are unique for each family. We’re ready to fight for the future you and your child deserve. Serving parents across Madera, Kings, and Tulare counties.

The Basics of Physical & Legal Child Custody

Child custody is separated into two major categories in California: physical and legal. Physical refers to the actual care and supervision of a child; namely, where and who the child will live with each day. Legal, however, signifies the decisions made on behalf of the child, including education, healthcare, and religion.

With that in mind, both categories can be broken down into either joint custody or sole custody. The court makes their decision for this aspect based on the best interests of the child, among a number of other factors. The basics of joint custody and sole custody include:

  • Joint physical custody: The child alternates time spent with both parents. This gives parents more than just visitation privileges and usually involves a parenting schedule.
  • Sole physical custody: Occurs when the child lives with just one parent, while the non-custodial parent is given visitation rights.
  • Joint legal custody: This gives both parents the right to make decisions for their child. Decisions must be mutual and in the best interests of the child.
  • Sole legal custody: This means that just one parent has the right to make major decisions for the child, regardless of the other parent’s desires.

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Our Fresno Child Custody Attorney Can Protect Your Family

We understand that after a divorce, you may be feeling fragile and highly vulnerable. We want to help protect both your rights and the rights of your child whether through mediation or in court. Our team is on your side and won’t hesitate to exercise aggressive legal tactics as needed.

Such a monumental decision should be treated as such – we at Arnold Law Group, APC will give your case the time and respect it deserves. Get in touch with our Fresno child custody lawyers right away to learn more about how we can assist you with your child custody matters.