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How is Child Custody Decided?

A San Jose family law attorney comments on ways in which child custody is decided:

What are some ways in which child custody and visitation decided?

Child custody can be agreed by the parents, on their own.

Child custody matters can be settled with third party involvement.

Child custody matters can be decided during mediation.

Child custody differemces can be resolved after a custody evaluation.

Child custody matters can go to trial where the outcome is determined by a judge.

Child custody outcomes can either be sole custody to the mother, sole custody to the father or joint custody. Extenuating circumstances can result in a custody outcome not listed here, which would fall under the child custody category of “Other.”

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