California Child Custody Laws
Family law matters generally fall under state jurisdiction, including custody. Most U.S. states have adopted the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (PDF), which fosters legal cooperation with respect to multi-state custody cases. California child custody laws comply with the Act, while also allowing grandparent visitation rights and joint custody.
The following chart highlights the basics of California child custody laws. See Primary Child Custody Factors in California, California Child Custody Procedure, and Visitation Rights in California for more details.
|Code Section||Fam. 3400, 3000, et seq.|
|Year Uniform Child Custody Act Adopted||1973|
|Joint Custody an Option?||Yes, Fam. 3080 presumption|
|Grandparent Visitation Rights Recognized?||Yes, Fam. 3100(a), 3102, 3103, 3104|
|Child's Own Wishes Considered?||Yes|
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a California child custody attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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- California Law
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