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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.

Read this before a child custody hearing

You have a child custody hearing coming up. It determines your rights after the divorce. Now, perhaps it's a contentious situation where you and your ex both want custody. On the other hand, maybe you're both on the same page and you just want an official ruling as you sort out the details.


Whether you and your spouse reach an agreement on child custody or a court must decide the custody arrangement, your child's best interests should be the main consideration in the type of arrangement that is chosen. As parents, you and your spouse are probably the two people who understand your child's needs better than anyone else. However, it can be difficult to work together with a spouse during divorce, and some divorcing couples are unable to agree on an arrangement that best meets their child's needs.

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