California parents who are getting a divorce will need to agree on a child custody and visitation arrangement. Otherwise, a judge will create one in the child's best interests. When making a decision, both physical and legal custody will need to be taken into account. While physical custody refers to where the children live, legal custody has to do with making choices about a child's education and general welfare.
Aside from third-party custody, which involves the child being placed with others because the parents are considered unfit, there are a number of ways exes can ensure they both get to spend time with their kids. One of the most common arrangements for joint custody involves the child spending a few days per week with one parent and then the other. However, some parents might opt to have the children continue living in the family home while they take turns staying there.
Exes may split up siblings by having some live with one parent and some live with the other. However, they should be mindful of how this separation might affect children who are already upset over the disruption of divorce. With serial custody, one parent has sole custody for several years before switching with the other parent.
Any of these arrangements may work for certain situations. For example, serial custody might be used if one parent is deployed with the military or has another type of job that takes them away from the area for long periods of time. To reduce conflict, exes could create an arrangement that will give children stability and allow them to build relationships with both parents.