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Child custody law overview  

Like most issues in California family law, the laws that govern child custody (including visitation) is overseen by California state statute rather than the federal government. Both Visitation and Child Custody are legal terms describing the legal and practical relationship between parents and their children. This  includessan diego child custody attorney all the rights and responsibilities of the parents; parental rights to make decisions for their children and the duty to see to the care for and protection of their children.

When couples divorce, the family court that has jurisdiction of the divorce case also determines if one or both parents will have have custody of their children and the arrangement that governs the details. Generally speaking, under common statutory law, the parents of a child born within a marriage are considered joint guardians of that child and have equal parental rights.

Paul Staley, Child Custody Attorney has several articles on this site:

  • Please look around our website to read more about Child Custody.
  • What happens during child custody disputes that crop up after you file for divorce? That depends on how you and other parent approach this.
  • Headlines abound when celebrities and even the less-famous turn family court proceedings into a tug of war, using the children as weapons against one another.
  • The cases that don’t make the headlines are those where the parents are civilized, sensible and focused on what’s best for the children. What’s most frustrating is when you’re the civilized, sensible, child-focused parent, but the other parent doesn’t share share that approach. Read More: HERE

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