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How do I file for child custody in California?

It's never easy to end a marriage or even consider a separation, but no one has it harder than the children of that marriage. Domestic problems can upend children's routines and cause emotional trauma that can last a long time. Parents who are looking to secure their children's futures and ensure their privileges during a divorce or other custody dispute can use some basic information on California's child custody laws.

  • How do I get custody of my child in California?

There are different reasons to request child custody or visitation rights, but they are established by a court order. Getting an order from a court depends on the legal status of the relationship between parents or other guardians with rights in the case, as well as any other legal requirements like restraining orders or agency interventions.

  • What are the different ways to get the court order?

Parents who have filed for divorce or a legal separation may get temporary orders while the case is pending. A parent may also request a court order at the same time that they file for protective orders against the perpetrator of domestic violence. If a parent does not intend to separate or divorce, a petition for custody can put a custody matter before the court.

  • What if a child support agency or other authority is involved?

Parents may get custody or visitation rights if they have met certain requirements of the agency or authority. An attorney can help approach these matter as well as all aspects of family law, including child support and custody.

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