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How Does Legal Custody Work in CA?
Going through a divorce when a child is involved means there may be conflict
over how to make significant decision in the child’s life regarding
their education, healthcare, religious upbringing, and other issues. Legal
custody may be awarded to both parents, or only one depending on the circumstances.
If you are experiencing a
child custody battle and need legal guidance, look to our
Santa Maria divorce attorney to protect your rights at all times.
Our firm works to provide clients with the critical advice and legal counsel
they need to proceed wisely in any divorce or custody battle. The
Law Offices of R. Morgan Holland, L.C. has been doing so for well 28+ years. We look out for our clients and
work towards a positive resolution of their case. We understand how difficult
a divorce can be and we offer impartial legal advice so you can make the
best decision for your unique situation.
What decisions am I responsible for?
With legal custody, a parent or both parents have the right and responsibility
for determining important decisions pertaining to their child’ welfare.
Such decisions can include:
- Which school the child will attend
- Whether and which religious activities their child will engage in
- If the child should receive medical care except in emergencies
Whether joint or sole legal custody is awarded hinges on the child’s
best interest and especially whether the parents are able to regularly
make such important decision collaboratively. California desires both
parents to have an influence on the child in most cases and therefore
tends to prefer joint legal custody.
Sole versus Joint Legal Custody
When both parents can agree on decisions, courts usually award joint legal
custody. This is typically the case unless parents cannot make joint decisions,
one parent is deemed to be unfit to make decisions or is otherwise incapable,
or it would be in the child’s best interests for one parent to have custody.
In this case, the court can award sole legal custody to one parent whereby
this parent will make all the major decisions. Having sole legal custody
does not mean the same parent will have sole physical custody, however.
When you need legal protection from an experienced Santa Maria family law
attorney, turn to our firm to help. We can make sure you are treated fairly
by the other parent and the judge at all times. Don’t try and go
it alone—get advice from a legal professional and uphold your rights!
Call our firm today and schedule your
complimentary case analysis!