Child Custody and Visitation

What are some examples of parenting plan time-share (visitation) schedules?

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A parenting plan describes the parents’ respective responsibilities for taking care of their child. A parenting plan includes the time-share, which is the schedule describing how the parents will divide responsibility for taking physical care of the child. A parenting plan will also include how the parents will share in other responsibilities, such as transportation, … View Full Post

Child Custody and Visitation

What is the difference between joint custody and sole custody? What is the difference between legal custody and physical custody? What rights do I have to make decisions for my child in California?

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Legal custody is how parents make decisions relating to the health, education, and welfare of their child. Physical custody is where the child lives. Parenting plan (time-share or visitation) is the schedule providing when the child spends time with each parent. The court may award legal and physical custody in different arrangements. For example, the … View Full Post

Child Custody and Visitation

What is “a substantial change of circumstances” and what do I have to show in order to modify a custody order in California?

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If you already have a custody order in place and you wish to modify the order, what you will need to show or prove depends on whether you have a temporary custody order or a “permanent” custody order. It will also depend on whether you are trying to change custody from joint custody to sole … View Full Post