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Guiding You
Through Custody
In California


Guiding You
Through Custody
In California


When it comes to child custody arrangements in California, emotions can run high, and it can be challenging for parents to navigate the legal process alone. This is where Modern Family Law's California family lawyers can be invaluable. Our attorneys can provide guidance, support, and advocacy for parents seeking custody arrangements that are in the best interest of their child.

Modern Family Law's California child custody lawyers In California, family law attorneys can assist with various aspects of custody arrangements, including filing for custody, negotiating with the other parent, representing the parent in court, and modifying custody orders. Learn about California child custody arrangements below including:

California custody lawyers

At Modern Family Law, we understand the importance of securing the best possible outcome for your child custody case in California. Our team of highly experienced and compassionate attorneys is dedicated to providing invaluable advice and guidance to our clients. By working with our skilled California custody lawyers, parents can rest assured that their case is being handled in a fair and efficient manner, with their child's best interests at the forefront.


Custody arrangements refer to legal agreements between parents or guardians that determine how the care and responsibility of a child will be divided after a separation or divorce. These arrangements can include legal custody, physical custody, sole custody, joint custody, or split custody, and they can have a significant impact on the child's well-being and future.

In California, custody arrangements are determined based on the child's best interest, and there are several factors that are considered in making these decisions, such as parental preference, the child's age and gender, and the ability of each parent to provide for the child. Therefore, it is crucial for parents to understand the different types of custody arrangements and the factors that are taken into account in California when making custody decisions.

Custody arrangements can be customized to fit the specific needs of the child and the parents involved. In some cases, a combination of legal and physical custody arrangements may be appropriate, or the custody arrangements may be modified over time as circumstances change. Since the arrangements directly impact your children's lives and future, it is always advised that you speak with an experience California custody attorney to ensure you are making the the best possible decisions for you and your children.


There are different types of custody arrangements available to parents in California, each with its own set of legal implications and responsibilities. Here are the most common types of custody arrangements:

Legal Custody

Legal custody refers to the right to make major decisions about a child's health, education, and welfare. In California, legal custody can be awarded jointly to both parents, or to one parent in sole legal custody.

Joint Custody

joint decision making in Colorado

Joint custody means that both parents share legal and/or physical custody of the child, and both parents have a say in making major decisions about the child's upbringing.

Sole Custody

Sole Decision-Making in Colorado

Sole custody means that one parent has both legal and physical custody of the child, and the other parent has no custodial rights.

Physical Custody

Physical custody refers to where the child will live on a day-to-day basis. In California, physical custody can be awarded jointly to both parents or to one parent in sole physical custody.

Joint Physical Custody

Joint Parenting Time in Colorado

Joint physical custody means that the child spends significant time living with both parents, and both parents share in the day-to-day responsibilities of caring for the child. Joint physical custody does not necessarily mean that the time spent with each parent is equal, but rather that the child spends a significant amount of time with both parents.

Sole Physical Custody

Primary parenting time in Colorado

Sole physical custody means that the child resides with one parent the majority of the time, and the other parent may have visitation rights or parenting time. The parent with sole physical custody has the right to make day-to-day decisions about the child's care and upbringing.

It is important to note that custody arrangements can be customized to fit the specific needs of the child and the parents involved. In some cases, a combination of legal and physical custody arrangements may be appropriate, or the custody arrangements may be modified over time as circumstances change.


Obtaining custody arrangements in California can be a complex and emotionally challenging process. Here are some ways to obtain custody arrangements in California:

1. Filing For Custody: To obtain custody arrangements in California, a parent must file a petition for custody with the court. The petition will include details about the desired custody arrangement and the reasons why that arrangement is in the child's best interest.

2. Mediation & Negotiations: Before going to court, parents may be required to attend mediation or engage in negotiations with the other parent to attempt to reach a mutually agreeable custody arrangement. A neutral third party, such as a mediator or custody evaluator, may be involved in this process to help facilitate communication and find common ground.

3. Court Hearings: If parents are unable to reach an agreement through mediation or negotiations, the case will proceed to court. The court will hold hearings and may conduct a trial to determine the custody arrangement that is in the child's best interest. The court will consider the factors outlined in California law, such as the child's age, health, safety, and relationship with each parent.

4. Custody Modification: Custody arrangements may be modified if there is a significant change in circumstances, such as a parent moving to a different location, a change in the child's needs, or evidence of abuse or neglect. In order to modify a custody order, a parent must file a motion with the court and provide evidence of the changed circumstances.

California child custody

It is important to seek the advice of an experienced family law attorney when seeking custody arrangements in California. An attorney can help navigate the legal process, provide guidance on the factors that the court will consider, and advocate for the parent and child's best interests.


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What Factors Do Courts Consider When Deciding On Child Custody Arrangements?

When deciding on child custody arrangements, courts in California consider the best interests of the child as the primary factor. This includes factors such as the child’s age, health, and well-being, as well as the ability of each parent to provide for the child’s physical and emotional needs. Other factors that may be considered include the relationship between the child and each parent, any history of domestic violence or substance abuse by either parent, and the child’s preference (if they are old enough to express one).

Can Child Custody Arrangements Be Modified After They Have Been Established?

Yes, child custody arrangements can be modified after they have been established if there has been a significant change in circumstances that warrants a modification. Examples of significant changes could include a parent relocating, a change in the child’s needs, or a parent’s inability to provide proper care for the child. In order to modify an existing custody arrangement, the parent seeking the modification must file a request with the court and demonstrate that a change is necessary.

What Happens If One Parent Violates A Child Custody Order?

If one parent violates a child custody order in California, the other parent can file a motion for contempt with the court. If the court finds that the parent did violate the order, they may face penalties such as fines, community service, or even jail time. The court may also modify the custody arrangement to better protect the child.



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