California Joint Legal Child Custody Order
I have children. I want custody. What is a custody order? What is joint legal custody?
When you get divorced, you will receive a California Joint Legal Child Custody Order specifying which parent will make decisions regarding your children’s welfare and upbringing. Often, parents work out these arrangements between themselves, either completely voluntarily or with the assistance of their attorneys or a mediator. When they are unable to reach a decision, however, or when unmarried parents are unable to agree on who will have legal custody of their children, the court may intervene and make a decision based on the children’s best interests.
California Joint Legal Child Custody Order Defined
Who decides on where our children go to school? Do my children have to go to church?
A California Joint Legal Child Custody Order is an order made by the court where parents share equal legal custody of their children. This means that parents participate equally in making decisions about the child’s upbringing and welfare.
Example of a California Joint Legal Child Custody Order
We have children. Can we agree to custody?
Mother and Father are divorced, and agree to a true joint custody arrangement over their children. Mother and Father will work together to reach an agreement on all major issues concerning the welfare and upbringing of their children. The court will adopt this agreement to create a California Joint Legal Child Custody Order.
The Effects of a California Joint Legal Child Custody Order
Can I decide where my children go to school? Can I decide whether or not to send them to church?
Both parents are entitled to make decisions regarding the welfare and upbringing of their children. Neither parent is to act “unilaterally” in making a decision unless an emergency exists. Mother and Father need to consult one another in making educational choices, religious activities, and medical care. Again, either parent can act alone should an emergency exist but should notify the other parent of the emergency as soon as reasonably possible.
Click on the following link to download a California Joint Legal Child Custody Order for the Custodial Parent and the Non-Custodial to be used in California courts:
File Download (PDF File): fl341e – joint legal custody
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For more information about the basics of child custody & visitation, click on the following: California Courts Judicial Branch