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How is child custody decided in California?

Everyone who is a part of a divorce in California probably has more questions than answers. This may be especially true when children are involved. Although kids deserve all the possible comforts and considerations during the end of their parents' marriage, they often experience the greatest emotional turmoil.

How does joint custody work when it comes to decisions?

Joint custody means that parents can make a decision about their children's upbringing on their own or together. But communication is the key to avoiding the sort of conflicts that would have to be worked out in court.

What if one of the parents is planning on leaving California?

Every U.S. state has adopted the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), which standardizes how states deal with many of these related issues. A California court can still rule on custody issues if it is the child's home state at the time proceedings begin or the child already has family connections to the state. Other conditions may also apply.

How do child custody and child support differ?

Custody is more about who is responsible for a child's home and major decisions, such as education and health care. Support involves a family's ability to offer the financial help that a child needs, even after a divorce.

How can I make arguments for child custody or support?

An attorney may be the best ally for parents going through a divorce in the Golden State. Legal representation can help protect parents' interests during court filings and any possible conflicts that have to be brought before a judge.

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