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.