July 26, 2010 By Wallin & Klarich

Child custody orders are given when a couple is going through a separation or divorce. The child custody orders are designed to determine who will take care of the children and who will make decisions for the children. The courts may decide that a type of joint child custody would be in the best interest of the child or children.

California Family Code Section 3004 states, “Joint physical custody means that each of the parents shall have significant periods of physical custody. Joint physical custody shall be shared by the parents in such a way so as to assure a child of frequent and continuing contact with both parents…”

California Family Code Section 3003 states, “Joint legal custody means that both parents shall share the right and the responsibility to make the decisions relating to the health, education, and welfare of a child.”

The court may order “Joint Custody” which, according to California Family Code Section 3002, means both parents will have both joint legal and joint physical custody. This is the most common scenario in child custody cases because most parents who enjoy some time with their children, including visitation periods, should share in the decision-making as related to legal custody.

Contact our San Diego Family Law attorneys at Wallin and Klarich to help you in your child custody case.

Our San Diego Family Law attorneys have the experience and expertise you will need to help you and your children. Contact us today.

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