There are two types of custody in California; Legal custody and Physical custody.
What Does Legal Custody Mean?
Legal custody refers to who is in charge and/or involved in major life decisions for the child, it has nothing to do with actual time spent with the child. A couple of examples are where the child attends school, what medical or psychological treatment the child receives, and the religion that the child will be raised. A few examples that are NOT considered part of legal custody are how the child eats; what haircut the child has; what activities the child is involved in.
What Is Physical Custody?
In California Physical custody refers to the actual time spent with the child. The parent with “primary physical custody” is generally the parent that spends a majority of the time with the children.
What Is Visitation?
Visitation generally refers to the time that the non-custodial parent has with the child. Non-custodial parent is the parent with less physical custody than the other parent.