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Child custody is one of the most important issues parents face. For a father, this is an especially crucial time. As written, California State Law doesn’t discriminate against fathers or favor one parent over the other. Still, many men feel the deck is stacked against them.
What is a parenting plan?
A parenting plan is the court document that addresses custody matters. It’s vital to take steps to protect your rights as a father and your role in your child’s life. The parenting plan is so important because these orders lay out:
- where a child lives,
- how much decision-making power you have,
- how much time you spend with your child,
- everything involving custody and visitation rights.
- it sets out how much time you get to spend with your kids
- and how much influence you have in their upbringing.
Types of Child Custody
Courts rarely award true sole custody.
In practical terms, a parenting plan often resembles a mixture of these 4 types of child custody, assembled to best fit your specific situation. This can break down in many ways.
One parent can have physical custody while both share legal responsibility and decision making. If parents live in close proximity, children may split time between homes.
Don’t leave it to chance. Find the best child custody attorney for your case. What “best” means varies depending on the specifics of your individual needs.
In reality, what you’re looking for is the "best fit" for your case. There are many capable family law practitioners in San Diego, but it’s key to find the right match for you, your situation, and your case.
There’s no universal roadmap or one-size-fits-all formula to finding the best child custody lawyer for your case. And these aren’t the only things to look for in your search. Each case is as different as the people involved.