In California, there are two types of child custody: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody refers to the right to make decisions about a child’s welfare, including decisions about education, healthcare, and religious upbringing.

Physical custody refers to where a child will live and who will have caregiving responsibilities. Courts will generally order joint legal custody, meaning that both parents have a say in major decisions about the child’s welfare. However, the court in San Diego County may award sole legal child custody to one parent if it finds that joint legal custody is not in the child’s best interests.

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