There are two types of custody in California. Legal custody and physical custody. 50/50 joint physical custody means you have have the child about 50% of the time. It has to do with time share. 50/50 joint legal custody means you each have the same rights to make decisions abut the health, education , and welfare of the child. This has to do with talking to the doctors and teachers you child has as well as making decisions for the child in those related fields. There are a lot more this entails, but this is an overview.
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Joint legal custody involves decisions regarding the health, education, and welfare of the children. This is almost always joint. Physical custody is where the children live. The factors involved in determining which parent should have physical custody are very complicated. You should get some help from an experienced family law lawyer. You may be able to find one that will do a free consultation.
If you never finished the process then you should restart the process and have some kind of order for the both of you. You should consult an attorney
Maryam Atighechi is a family law, real estate and civil litigation attorney in Sherman Oaks, CA. 818-647-1152. Please be advised that although Ms. Atighechi is an attorney, the comments posted does not constitute legal advice. You should not rely on any advice or suggestions written and seek outside, independent counsel. An attorney-client relationship has not formed by reading the post.