California Child Custody and Visitation Law


In California, the court is most concerned with “What is in the best interests of the child?”

There are two types of child custody in California:

  • Physical custody: Physical possession and control of the child; and,
  • Legal custody: The right and responsibility to make major decisions concerning the health, education and welfare of the child

California law directs judges that parents are to be encouraged to share the rights and responsibilities of child rearing, except where the contact would not be in the best interest of the child. If it is not in the best interests of the child for either parent to have physical or legal custody, the court may even award partial or full custody to another person, such as a grandparent, and may order supervised visitation. It is important that parents understand that no custody, visitation or support order is engraved in stone. A court can always issue orders changing a prior order or agreement when there are changed circumstances.


With a base at his Pasadena law office, attorney Edward A. Torres has handled Los Angeles area child custody and child visitation cases for over 25 years. Attorney Torres has the skill and experience to vigorously represent you before a judge if that is necessary in your family law case, but he also possesses the compassion and negotiation experience necessary to help you try to avoid having a third party decide the fate of your family.

If you or someone you know is needs legal advice and representation in a child custody or child visitation case in the Los Angeles area, contact the Pasadena Law Office of Edward A. Torres by calling 626-795-3736. You may also contact us immediatelly using the form provided to your right. Your initial consultation is 100% free and completely confidential.