Child Custody and Visitation
If two people have a child together and then decide to live separate lives, among the most difficult decisions they will have to make is how much time the child will spend living with each parent, and how the parents will share and divide their parenting responsibilities.
In California, it is public policy to assure that children have frequent and continuing contact with both of their parents after the parents separated or dissolved their marriage, or ended their relationship. (See California Family Code, Section 3020)
This section gives you basic information about child custody and visitation. It tells you about child custody in general, and the way to establish child custody officially and legally. It talks about why having a parenting plan is good, and helps you understand the legal process.
|This website’s general information is very helpful for everyone in California.
To find your county court’s website to learn about extra forms or procedures, click here.