5558 California Ave, Suite 120 Bakersfield, CA 93309

Bakersfield’s Divorce and Family Law Attorney


The litigation of child custody rights and visitation is stressful and emotionally draining. Child custody litigation often arises in the aftermath of divorce or dissolution of a domestic relationship. Kern County Courts look at the best interest of the child when making child custody decisions.

Custody Defined in California

There are two basic types of custody that come into play: Legal and physical custody. Legal custody is the ability of a parent to make major life decisions on behalf of a child. These include decisions pertaining to but not limited to medical care, education, and religion. Physical custody involves the residential placement of a child.

Child custody can be jointly shared by the parents. One parent can have sole custody. A situation can also exist in which parents share legal custody but one parent is granted sole physical custody of the child.

California Child Custody Standard

The state of California has established what is called the best interests of the child standard when it comes to custody issues. The best interests of the child standard requires a consideration of a variety of factors in making a custody determination. Examples of these factors include but are not limited to the overall physical and mental health of the parties, a consideration of the parent who historically has been the primary caretaker of the child, and the residential situation of each spouse

The main issues that Jim will focus on is developing a parenting plan that works in the best interest of the child as well as exceeds the California child custody standard. Often, we find that custody orders are not comprehensive and leave important issues unaddressed. His years of experience will assist in developing a complete parenting plan that should avoid returning back to court for further modifications.

If you’re facing a child custody case due to a divorce or dissolution of a domestic relationship, you need a family law and divorce attorney whose by your side every step of the way. Don’t wait, call The Law Office of Jim R. Canaday today at (661) 328-1910 to schedule your Consultation!

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