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IIntroduction of topic What are parental rights and how do they apply in specific family law situations IIDefinition of terms APro Per BSole legal custody CJoint legal custody DPrimary physical custody EVisitation FChild custody proceeding IIIOptions available for Family Court representation A Retain an attorney 1Advantage Attorney understands rights and rules of the court Speaks on behalf of the parent in court 2Disadvantage Costly legal fees BPro Per 1Advantage Minimal cost 2Disadvantage Labor and time intensive Parent must research California Family Law Parent represents self in court IVChild custody determination ASole Legal Custody 1Advantage One parent makes all decisions concerning the child 2Disadvantage Other parent is completely excluded has no parental rights in regard to the childs medical religious or educational needs BJoint Legal Custody 1Advantage Both parents share legal decisions concerning the child 2Disadvantage Parents must agree on decisions CPrimary Physical custody 1Advantage Child lives with one parent more than 50 of the time 2Disadvantage Child sees the other parent less often DVisitation 1Advantage Child lives with one parent 100 of the time 2Disadvantage Child has minimal time with the other parent EChild Custody Evaluation 1Advantage Comprehensive assists in making recommendation 2Disadvantage Costly and often one-sided Only one parent benefits VForms and Filings AEzLegalFile website BOrder to Show Cause CApplication for Order and Supporting Declaration DSummons for Petition of Custody and Child Support EProof of Personal Service VIConclusion If parents can work out a custody agreement amongst themselves then child custody is simple It is when the two parents cannot work out an agreement that child custody becomes complex What are parental rights and how do they apply in specific family law situations Parents ask lawyers questions such as Could I have a chance to get sole custody What is joint custody and If I take my case to court what chance will I have that the judge will see it my way The answers to these questions
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