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Child Custody in California: Corporal Punishment

By April 6, 2023Child Custody

In California, corporal punishment is generally not viewed favorably in child custody cases. The state’s family law courts prioritize the safety and well-being of the child, and corporal punishment is often seen as a potential risk factor for harm to the child.

The California Family Code Section 3011 provides a list of factors that the court considers when determining child custody and visitation arrangements. Among these factors are the child’s health, safety, and welfare, as well as any history of domestic violence by either parent.

Parents who have a history of using corporal punishment may find that this negatively impacts their child custody case. If one parent has a history of physical abuse or violence, this can be a strong argument for awarding custody to the other parent. The court may also consider other factors, such as the severity and frequency of the corporal punishment, the child’s age and maturity, and the parent’s willingness to cooperate with court orders and follow a parenting plan that does not include corporal punishment.

In general, the court’s primary concern is the best interests of the child, and this can vary on a case-by-case basis. If you are involved in a child custody case in California, it is important to consult with an experienced family law attorney who can advise you on your specific situation and help you make the strongest possible case for custody.

Arlene D. Kock

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