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One of the main issues in a divorce involving children is who has physical custody how much time each parent has with the child. This is known as “custodial timeshare” or “percentage timeshare.” The percentage timeshare you have with your children will have a direct impact on the amount of child support you pay or receive. The San Diego child custody lawyers at Scott & Matteson Family Law can help you sort out the details of your specific case, ensuring the best possible result for your situation.
Divorce and child custody disputes are never easy, but every San Diego child custody attorney at our firm can help. In custody matters, the courts focus on the safety, health, and welfare of the child. Our lawyers have the knowledge and experience to effectively represent your interests and those of your children.
There are two types of child custody in California:
In a joint physical custody arrangement, both parents have significant periods of physical custody of the child, but not necessarily equal time. A judge that awards joint legal custody may or may not also award joint physical custody. When both parents agree, California courts favor joint legal and joint physical custody. However, if they do not agree, there is no presumption either for or against joint custody.
Judges evaluating custody cases must rule in the best interests of the child and are not permitted to give preference to either parent based on gender. The two guiding policies in determining the best interests of the child under state law are:
In determining child custody, the court must consider a number of factors, including:
Custody disputes can be emotional and stressful. Our experienced family law attorneys at Scott and Matteson in San Diego can effectively protect your rights as a parent, pursuing a favorable outcome in the best interests of your children. Contact our San Diego child custody attorneys for the best possible outcome in your divorce proceedings.