Physical Custody

The right of a parent to have his or her child(ren) living in his or her home. California commonly awards joint physical custody to both parents when the child spends significant amounts of time with both parents. Joint physical custody works best if parents live relatively near to each other, as it lessens the stress of their children and allows them to maintain a somewhat normal routine. Where the child lives primarily with one parent and has visitation with the other, the parent with whom the child primarily lives will generally have primary physical custody, with the other parent having specific custodial times.