Legal Custody

Obtaining Legal Custody

Guidance from a Seasoned Divorce Lawyer in Riverside

When considering the custody of a child, it is important to realize that child custody is a blanket term that will cover several different areas. There is not one type of custody and it is crucial that you have an experienced advocate on your side that is willing to provide accessible and experienced aid to help explain the different types of custody in Riverside. This way you will not only understand what you are facing, but you will be able to breathe easier knowing that you will have a respectful family lawyer on your side protecting your rights and helping you fight for your desirable outcome.

Child Custody: Joint or Sole Legal Custody

One type of custody that is often the most desirable is that of legal custody. Unlike physical custody, legal custody does not deal with the actual geographical location of the child. Instead, legal custody regards the actual decisions of the upbringing of the child. A parent who has legal custody has the ability to make decisions regarding the religion the child will be taught, their medical care, their schooling and general questions and decisions relating to their upbringing.

There are two major types of legal custody: joint and sole. Joint legal custody happens when both parents share both the responsibility and the legal right to make decisions about their children's wellbeing. This differs from physical custody, in that it doesn't necessarily mean both parents physically get equal opportunity and time with their children. Sole legal custody simply means that just one of the parents has the rights and responsibilities of choosing what they deem best for their children. Some of those decisions can include where the child will go to school, what religion they will be raised in, where they will go to the doctor and even simple decisions such as whether or not they will go to summer camp.

California Law: Custody & Child Support

Those who divorce and obtain joint legal custody of their children will also have to share financial responsibility of their children. Although child support payments are a separate issue, they overlap heavily. For example, say a husband and wife divorce. The husband and wife share physical custody of their children and also share legal custody of their children. Both are responsible for making decisions regarding their children while both get the right to parent their children in a physical sense. Rather than splitting child support exactly evenly, the court will likely decide support payments based on need and availability. If the husband has a better job than the wife, then the husband will likely be called upon to provide child support payments, even though they both share rights to their children equally.

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If you are currently facing a divorce and have questions about child custody, do not hesitate to contact a Riverside divorce attorney from our firm as soon as possible. At Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich, we are intimately knowledgeable of the laws surrounding divorces and custody battles. If you choose to be represented by an attorney from our firm, you can take confidence knowing that you will not be facing the divorce alone. Instead, you will have a legal heavyweight on your side that will do everything in their power to help you achieve your desirable outcome.