If you’re going through a divorce, you have plenty to contend with, but your children’s ongoing well-being, health, and happiness are often your first priority. As such, deciding on child custody arrangements that support your children’s best interests and that work for you is highly important. An experienced family law attorney from The Broadway Law Firm in Los Angeles can help you in this endeavor.
Physical vs. Legal Custody
The State of California addresses two distinct types of custody, which include:
- Legal Custody – Legal custody refers to the parental responsibility and right to help make important decisions on behalf of one’s children. These decisions relate to your children’s education, health care, religious upbringing, and extracurricular activities. The courts generally find that it is in the best interest of the children for both parents to share legal custody.
- Physical Custody – Physical custody refers to whom the children reside with. While physical custody arrangements vary significantly, one parent is often the primary custodial parent (with whom the children live primarily) while the other parent has a visitation schedule.
California courts have wide discretion when it comes to custody arrangements, but their motivation is always the best interest of the children involved. You and your divorcing spouse, on the other hand, have the opportunity to hammer out child custody arrangements (that work for both of you) between yourselves. If you are unable to do so, however, the court will intervene on your behalf.
Consult with an Experienced Los Angeles Child Custody Attorney Today
Child custody concerns are every divorcing parent’s top priority, and the dedicated Los Angeles custody attorneys at The Broadway Law Firm are committed to helping you achieve child custody arrangements that work for you and your children. Our experienced legal team is here to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact us or call (213) 344-0545 today.