Types of Visitation in California Family Law

By: Minh Luong and Neharika Salhotra

Child custody arrangements often have several nuances that must be understood to determine which option best fits your specific situation.

Generally, there are four types of child custody arrangements.  Each option comes with unique prerequisites; and can be used as a template when drafting a custody arrangement. It is important to note, that the court can choose to modify the arrangement  as it deems appropriate.

Sole legal custody One parent holds all the rights and responsibilities to make decisions regarding the child’s schooling, healthcare, and general life, and welfare.

Joint legal custody Both parents make joint decisions and cooperate with each other in the best interest of the child.

Sole physical custodyThe child lives with one parent exclusively. This parent is the sole legal custodian as well. This type of custody arrangement is rare and only occurs in extreme circumstances wherein the question of the child’s welfare and other parent’s parenting capabilities are in question.

Joint physical custodyThis occurs when both parents, although not living together, will raise their child together through division of the child’s time between each of their homes. This is a customized arrangement that courts make. While the default is usually 50-50, the precise ratio can differ based on a number of circumstances.

It is important to consult with an attorney to understand and discuss all your options. The attorneys at Chugh, LLP can guide you through this process in a detailed and customized manner.



Works Cited

“California Child Custody Laws.” Www.divorcenet.com, www.divorcenet.com/resources/child-custody/child-custody-california-best-interests-child.htm.

“Child Custody and Parenting Time | California Courts | Self Help Guide.” Selfhelp.courts.ca.gov, selfhelp.courts.ca.gov/child-custody.


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