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CHILD CUSTODY FAQ #1
1. What is “custody and visitation”?
When you separate or divorce, you need to decide who will have “custody” of your children and how
they will be taken care of. You also need to decide on visitation, which means how each parent will
spend time with the children.
There are two kinds of "custody" orders:
“Visitation” (also called “time-share”) is:
In California, either parent can have custody, or the parents can share custody. The judge makes the
final decision about custody and visitation but usually will approve the arrangement both parents
If the parents can't agree, the judge will make a decision at a court hearing. The judge will usually not
make a decision about custody/visitation until after the parents have met with a mediator from Family
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