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Child custody basics: A review of physical custody

When California parents decide to divorce the upheaval of their lives can quickly trickle down to their kids. Many decisions must be made regarding who will care for the children, where they will live, and if they will have to modify their schedules in order to accommodate the new reality of having parents in separate homes.

In Redondo Beach and jurisdictions throughout the state the courts look to protect the best interests of the children subject to the child custody determinations. This is true when it comes to deciding matters related to the children's physical custody and legal custody. The remainder of this post will discuss general information on physical custody and readers are reminded that its contents should not be considered legal advice.

The primary concern of physical custody is deciding where a child should live after a divorce or parental separation. Physical custody can be granted to one parent in a sole physical custody arrangement with the other parent receiving visitation time with the child. It may also be granted to both parents in a joint physical custody scheme where the child travels between their parents' homes.

Courts will consider a number of factors when deciding where a child should live and how they should divide their time between their parents. They may consider the child's age and particular needs and if one parent is better suited to meet the day-to-day demands of the child's requirements. They may consider the stability of the parents and the potential of them to provide the child with a nurturing home. They can also look at how giving custody to one of the parents will impact the child's ability to attend their regular school and activities.

If a child is old enough a court may even weigh their preferences regarding with which parent they would rather live. There are many other factors that are considered when physical child custody decisions must be made and individuals who require case-specific guidance on child custody matters are asked to consult with their family law attorneys.

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