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Santa Clara County divorce and child custody attorneyIn the state of California, thousands of couples get divorced every year. While a divorce can be emotionally challenging for spouses, the divorce process can be especially traumatizing for their children. Recognizing this, courts in California make decisions on child custody based on what is in the child’s best interests. According to state law, child custody is broken into two different types of custody: legal and physical custody. If you are awarded legal custody of your child, you will have the legal right to make critical life decisions for them. If you are awarded physical custody, you will be granted time during which the child will stay with you. To achieve success in your child custody case, you will want to focus on the following: 

  • Your Goals: The way you approach a child custody case will depend on what you want to achieve during the divorce process. If you are seeking sole legal custody or primary physical custody, it is likely that you will need to resolve these aspects of your divorce in court and demonstrate why you should be the sole or primary caretaker of your child. If you believe that you and your spouse are both capable parents, you will likely be able to develop a parenting plan and joint custody agreement outside of court through negotiation or mediation

  • Cooperating With Your Spouse: While you and your spouse may be ending your marriage, you are still both parents of your child. By working together with your spouse to resolve disputes throughout the divorce process, you can develop the foundation of a new co-parenting relationship that will allow you to cooperate as you parent your children. The overwhelming majority of studies show that children benefit greatly from a continued relationship with both parents, post-divorce. 

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