Couples in Placer County with children must determine custody when they divorce or if they never married. California law recognizes two types of child custody—legal and physical. Legal custody is the power to make important decisions on issues like education, medical care, and religious upbringing. Physical custody basically refers to physical possession of your child, i.e., who the child lives with during the year. Both legal and physical custody can be joint, though it is difficult to divide a child’s time 50/50, so one parent is usually given physical custody while the other has regular visitation.
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