Child Custody Laws in California


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Child Custody Laws in California

Attorney Paul Wallin explains what happens in a typical child custody case, as well as the differences between legal and physical custody.

Free Legal Aid provides useful information about child custody. In addition to the video here, be sure you check out other resources.

Child Custody in California: Best Interests of the Child

Judges evaluating custody cases in California must consider the best interests of the children in reaching a conclusion about how parents will share time with the children. California courts must consider certain factors that affect a child’s health and safety. check to learn more.

What Are the Child Custody Laws in California?

A California court will grant custody to a third-party, non-parent, if it decides that the child will be in danger or subject to harm in the care of a parent and that granting custody to a third-party custodian will serve the best interests of the child. check to learn more.

Child Custody in California

Legal Custody refers to the right and responsibility of a parent to make decisions relating to the health, education, and general welfare of his or her child. Physical Custody refers mostly to the right and responsibility to choose where the child will live. check to learn more.

California Child Support Factors

Either parent may be ordered to pay an amount necessary for the support, maintenance, and education of the child. Child support payments may be awarded on a temporary basis during custody or child support proceedings. check to learn more.

California Child Support

Courts in California calculate child support based on the income of both parents. Income includes salaries, commissions, wages, overtime, dividends, unemployment benefits, workers' compensation benefits and spousal support. check to learn more.