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How Does Joint Child Custody Work in California?

Child custody issues are often the most contested and emotional matters that come up during divorce proceedings. While you may strongly believe that the child custody arrangement should be a certain way, the court will evaluate your situation and make a ruling for the sake of the child's best interests. In the majority of California cases, judges will rule in favor of allowing both parents to maintain equal custody of their child, also known as joint custody.

If you are looking to resolve the custodial arrangements for your child in San Diego, contact Huguenor Mattis, A.P.C. today. For more than 35 years, Mr. Huguenor has fought diligently to help parents continue to have meaningful, consistent relationships with their children. Please do not hesitate to call (858) 458-9500 for a comprehensive case evaluation with a certified family law specialist in California.

What Does Joint Custody in San Diego Entail?

The most common outcome of child custody cases in California is a joint custody agreement. Joint custody can be divided into three categories:

  • Joint legal custody - Your child may live with you or your ex-spouse full-time, but you both have equal legal say in their upbringing.
  • Shared physical custody - Your child will live at least 35 percent with you and the rest with their other parent.
  • Combination of joint legal and shared physical custody - You and your child's other parent can create a special arrangement that combines both of these.

Essentially, under a joint custody arrangement, both parents will share legal and/or physical responsibility for their child. This does not mean that each parent must run every day-to-day decision by the other parent; the court will generally designate specific circumstances in which the parents must provide mutual consent, such as where the child will attend school.

How to Handle Violations of the Custodial Arrangement in San Diego

When both parents share custody of their child, there are more opportunities for conflict to arise. In the event that one parent does not obey the terms of a child custody agreement, he or she may face a number of punishments, depending on the severity of the violation. The court may order the offending parent to attend parenting classes, serve jail time, pay fines, or even lose custody altogether. It is important to consult with your attorney about the potential violation before seeking court intervention.

Common types of custodial violations that may require legal action include:

  • Preventing child visitation
  • Taking the child without letting the other parent know
  • Interfering with visitation as punishment for late/missing child support
  • Blocking communication between the other parent and the child

Call Huguenor Mattis, A.P.C. Today

Let us help you protect your rights as a parent. Call the San Diego child custody lawyers at Huguenor Mattis, A.P.C. at (858) 458-9500 or send us a message online using our contact form.

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(858) 458-9500


11455 El Camino Real, Suite 390
San Diego, California 92130

Office: (858) 458-9500
Fax: (858) 630-2341

Our Firm Services The Following California Areas:
San Diego, La Jolla, Del Mar, Carmel Valley, Rancho Santa Fe, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Pacific Beach, and Mission Beach.

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Huguenor Mattis, A.P.C. is a San Diego, California firm practicing exclusively in the area of domestic relations law. We handle a wide range of matters including divorce, child custody, and child support. Whatever your situation we can be of assistance. Feel free to contact us today.

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