Sole custody is often a parents goal especially when a bitter divorce happens. Animosity against the other parent can easily initiate the goal of getting sole custody of the children. Sole custody is when one parent, considered to be the sole custodial parent, is the parent in charge of the children. That means the child lives with that parent full time for the most part, and the parent has the right to make important decisions about the children.

Joint custody, on the other hand is frequently recognized in our local California courts. This means that neither parent is the sole custodial parent, but instead custody is with both parents. In a perfect world, both parents have joint custody, share the children and make decisions together relating to the children. We all know that doesn’t always happen though.

Joint Custody involves alternating days where the children live based on a schedule, and both parents abide in making important decisions concerning the welfare of the children.