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Family Law - Custody and Visitation

Parents who separate will need to have a plan for deciding how they will share and divide their parenting responsibilities. This plan can be called a parenting plan, a time-share plan, or an agreement regarding child custody and visitation. In California, either parent can have custody or the parents can share custody. The judge makes the final decision but usually will approve the arrangement both parents agree upon.

If parents cannot agree on long-term custody, the judge will make temporary custody orders until long-term custody is ordered. The judge usually will not make a decision on temporary or long-term custody until after the parents have met with a child custody recommending counselor.

The law requires judges to award custody according to the best interest of the child. In most cases, judges give custody to one or both parents and occasionally to a friend or relative, depending on circumstances.

Modifications: After the court makes permanent orders, one or both parents may want to modify, or change, those orders. The court will usually have the parents meet with the child custody recommending counselor to discuss the reason for the requested change. The court will then make appropriate orders.