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Requires courts to provide parents with equal physical custody of a child unless there is clear evidence that equal custody would not be in child’s best interest, and requires courts to consider the welfare of all family members in making such determinations. Defines equal physical custody as an equal timeshare that assures frequent contact with both parents, and redefines joint legal custody to mean that both parents share equally in decisions regarding welfare of child. Adds finding that equal and joint custody is generally in child’s best interest. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: Unknown state court costs of possibly up to a few million dollars annually, depending on the number of child custody cases affected by the measure.
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Child Custody. Equal Physical Custody. Initiative Statute. California Initiative 1156 (2005).